Who are you? It is such a simple yet profound question. How we identify ourselves is a confession of sorts. There are millions of connections, roles, achievements and failures, ideologies, and attributes by which we could describe our identity.
The author of Hebrews writes to an audience who is practically struggling to answer this question. Rather than finding their identity in Jesus, they find themselves holding onto to their lives as Hebrews.
In my pride, it isn’t difficult to relate to their struggle. I have traditions, relationships, and markers of identity in this world that tempt me with the illusion of belonging. Most are blessings, not sinful. And yet, left to themselves, they cannot support my hope.
Therefore, inspired by the Holy Spirit the author boldly warns against finding our identity elsewhere and neglecting such a great salvation found in Jesus. He peels back the layers of pride, exposes the limitations of their cultural identity and proclaims that Jesus is better!
The letter to the Hebrews is steeped in traditions and practices less familiar to most modern readers. As a result, it can be a little intimidating. However, with a healthy pursuit this letter is filled with life-changing treasures. To get the most out of our time in Hebrews, utilize the resources available at www.tcbchurch.org/hebrews. There you’ll find reading plans, overviews, commentaries, classes, and resources available in various formats.
Elder / Pastor Teaching/Vision
Daniel Broyles has served as the Leadership Pastor and Elder at Tri-Cities Baptist Church since 2012. He is married to his wife Amy and they have a daughter named Lena.