READING THE GOSPELS
The title for Gospel Devotional was “But We See Jesus”. The title was taken from the following text.
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower
than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned
with glory and honour, that He, by the grace of God,
might taste death for everyone.”
The Gospels were written as theological-biographical accounts of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ! The Gospels contained invaluable information about the life of Jesus. The Gospel writers also made sure that their writings did not lose their doctrinal-evangelistic purpose!
The Gospels focused on the life and ministry of Jesus, concluding on a triumphant note- His resurrection from the dead! The Epistle to the Hebrews carried on where the Gospels left off. Hebrews offers glorious insights to the following:-
1. How do the doctrines Jesus taught compare with the Mosaic law?
2. Does Jesus have a continuing ministry after He returned to Heaven?
3. How does the New Covenant Jesus introduced compare with the Old Covenant?
These are not just intriguing questions! These are in fact questions of vital importance and relevance to us!
THE IDENTITY OF THE WRITER
Each and every book has a writer who writes with deep sense of purpose. We are grateful to the apostle Paul for identifying himself each time he wrote an epistle. Part of the reason why he did that was to assure his readers that they were reading something that was genuinely from his pen.
The Book of Hebrews has a distinct peculiarity. The writer did not identify himself at all! We are left to guess his identity. Till today, no New Testament scholar has been able to prove beyond all doubts, the identity of the author.
Why did the author not reveal his identity? Here is one possible reason. Perhaps, even as he wrote about the Lord Jesus Christ, he felt that that was the only name that needed to be identified. If that was his reason, he is to be applauded. Identity of human authorship was a non-issue with the writer.
As you read the Epistle to the Hebrews, my prayer is that you would truly be able to “See Jesus… crowned with glory and honour!”