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Sacred Spaces – Hebrews 1:1–14

Sunday, March 19: Sacred Spaces

Hebrews 1:1–14

Hebrews has a message for the people of God who live in a world
that refuses to acknowledge God: God has spoken.

Gareth Cockerill
The Epistle to the Hebrews was written to Jewish Christians who found themselves hanging on to hope by their fingernails. Nero, the cruel despot of the Roman Empire, was in the early stages of his rampage against Christians.Unfortunately, these early followers of Jesus, most likely living in or near Rome, were within striking distance. Having been through one persecution under the previous Emperor, Claudius, they were like whipped puppies, huddled in what homes they still had, barely able to survive or provide for their children; waiting for the other shoe to drop.

In other words, their world was falling apart. If you have ever felt like that, even if for different reasons, you know a lot of questions can flood the mind: “Where is God in all of this? Why doesn’t he seem to care? Why is he silent in the face of my suffering?” Some of them were even wondering if their faith in Christ was worth the sacrifice. And so would you.

We might even go so far as to think, “What’s the use? I gave my life to Christ and this happens. I might as well go back to my old way of life. Maybe I don’t need Jesus after all.” And they did too.

These Jewish Christians were having these kinds of desperate thoughts when they received a pastoral letter that began to answer their deepest questions. See you on Sunday