Jesus is Better – Hebrews 1-13

It’s Saturday, April 18, 2020, and I’m Pastor Kim, and this is COVID-19 Connection Series # 28

Welcome to today’s broadcast. I am so very glad that you have joined me today. You are in for a special treat.

How in the World are you today?

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Dad Jokes:

I should have been sad when my flashlight batteries died.

I was delighted instead.

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I hope I passed history

As those who fail history are doomed to repeat it.

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I knew a guy who collected candy canes.

They were all in mint condition.

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Today in the News:

Fishing season remains open in Idaho – You can still go fishing during COVID-19 restrictions. So get out and enjoy.

Lions take over empty road that normally would be filled with tourists. (See Photos).

Several hundred people marched across the Sandpoint Long bridge yesterday holding signs that read:  

  • Let my people go
  • We will not comply
  • Freedom is Essential
  • Stop using fear to steal our Freedom
  • End Tyranny NOW!!
  • Impeach Chicken Little
  • Open Up Idaho
  • Honk for Freedom
  • We have Rights

I’ve attached a YouTube video of the event if you are interested in watching: https://youtu.be/5HBjvKauYqU

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Pause for Prayer:

  • Bob Ahsmuhs is having a tube inserted in his chest today to drain water off his lungs. Pray for him. He hopes to come home today as well.
  • Pray that the COVID-19 will pass soon.
  • Christians to have the proper response (Rebellion, Fear, Faith).
  • Online Worship to reach millions at home (Really Pray).
  • National leaders, governors, and local leaders – for wisdom.
  • Our entire SLBC family.

Our WORD from the Lord today is taken from the book of Hebrews. What I want to do is provide an outline for the book of Hebrews which clearly show us that Jesus is Better.

   “Better” is a key word that occurs thirteen times in this book, emphasizing the central thesis of Hebrews that the way of Jesus Christ is so much better!

  1. Jesus is better than the Prophets and the Angels – Heb. 1
  2. Jesus is better than Moses – Heb. 3
  3. Jesus is better than Joshua – Heb. 4
  4. Jesus is better than Aaron, the High Priest – Heb. 5
  5. Jesus is better than the Priesthood – Heb. 7
  6. Jesus is better than Old Testament Tabernacle – Heb. 9
  7. Jesus is a better Sacrifice – Heb. 10
  8. Jesus is the author a better Salvation – Heb. 11:1-13:25

Today I want to take a break from our study on The Church, and I want to do something different. Today I want to have a word with you about – Jesus is Better. But allow me to give you the back story as to why I am sharing this today.

   Most nights I wake up several times. At my age you get up to use the restroom, water closet, bathroom, or whatever you call it. I usually get back into bed, and for whatever reason I can’t seem to fall back to sleep. So, sometimes I pray, but a lot of time I will put in one air pod and listen to Christian music. I seem to fall back to sleep pretty quickly. Well the other night I woke up around 2:20 A.M. and I heard the following reading (or song?). It was so good that I actually took a screen shot on my cell phone so that I would remember the name of the reading (or song). The reading (or song) is titled: Jesus Is Better by Caleb and Sol.

   I really think you are going to like this, but more importantly I hope that you are challenged by it. So here it is…

Jesus is Better – I’ve got 5 minutes to convince you of one thing.

Altogether, it’s 13 letters, 3 words, and 1complete sentence.

And I hope you never forget it.

In fact, I hope it haunts you.

I hope you always remember these 13 letters, these 3 words, and this one complete sentence. Jesus is better.

You say… Better than what? I say… Better than everything else.

He’s better than any passing dream you might be chasing after.

He’s better than any worldly ambition that may have captured your devotion. He’s better than anything that could distract you from doing what you were created to do. Jesus is better.

He’s better than a 6-figure salary.

He’s better than a 3-story home.

He’s better than a trophy wife, a job promotion, and a Caribbean cruise. Jesus is better.

He’s better than a starting position on the football team.

He’s better than a lead role in the spring musical.

He’s better than a 4.0 GPA, a college scholarship, and a nomination to homecoming court. Jesus is better.

He’s better than money, cars, clothes, sex, entertainment, achievement, and popularity.

He’s better than anything this world can offer you. Jesus is better.

He’s better than any person that has ever walked this earth.

He’s wiser than Gandhi and smarter than Einstein.

He’s more holy than Mohammed and more spiritual than Buddha.

He’s more eloquent than Shakespeare and more creative than Mozart.

He’s more powerful than Napoleon and more compassionate than Mother Theresa. Jesus is better.

The Bible says… He’s better than Adam, better than Abraham, better than Moses, David, and Mary.

He’s better than the angels, better than the demons, and better than any prophet, priest, or saint. Jesus is better!

And there will be times when it’s hard to believe: times when it doesn’t feel like Jesus is better.

The world will hate you.

Your flesh will fight you.

And the devil will lie to you.

Storms… will… come.

You’re gonna face disappointment, deception, betrayal, rejection, regret, sickness, and death.

You’re gonna feel tired, empty, broken-hearted, scared, and alone. But don’t forget in the darkness what you learned in the light. Jesus is better.

He’s the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

He is the Prince of Peace and the light of the world

He is the friend of sinners and the enemy of Satan.

He is the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He is the way and the truth and the life. Jesus is better.

And if you really, truly believe it, it’s gonna cost you.

You’re gonna deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow him.

You’re gonna help the poor, swallow your pride, and love your enemies.

You’re gonna read your Bible when you’d rather watch TV.

You’re gonna pray when you’d rather sleep.

You’re gonna serve when you’d rather be served.

You’re gonna speak up when you’d rather be silent.

But when it’s all said and done, you won’t regret it. You’ll say, “It was worth it. Jesus is better.”

“I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ…” Jesus is better.

So my hope for you isn’t that you’re safe, successful, and well-liked.

Sometimes those are the very things that get in the way of you learning the one thing you can’t afford to ignore; that Jesus is better.

So, if being unsafe, unsuccessful, and unliked is what it’s gonna take for you to see that Jesus is better, well then I’ll pray that your life is filled with danger, failure, and persecution.

Whatever it takes; I want you to know that Jesus… is… better.

13 letters, 3 words, 1 sentence, and no question about it. Jesus… is better.

I am going to post the lyrics of this reading (song), and also a version of it that you can listen to on YouTube. Click link to hear the original soundtrack:

https://open.spotify.com/track/7hjly7NYTN3esr1YShN4Q4?si=D1j7td7kSjCa0T3KfF2PpQ

Remember, I am in touch, so you be in touch.

And as always, as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say as he brought his daily devotional program to a close – “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.”