5/15/11 Hebrews 13:20-21
Leader: Pastor Biebert
Meeting Time: 8:00 AM & 10:15 AM
GOD RAISES YOU BY RAZING JESUS.
We can’t see Jesus, standing as the link between us and God. We can’t see ourselves as God does, holy and disinfected because of the one great sacrifice Jesus made in our place. The Holy Spirit helps our minds accept these as facts of life. Then He helps us be ready to live lives that are a credit to the sacrifice Jesus made. The Holy Spirit had Paul use the phrase God of peace numerous times in his letters – Romans 15:33; 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23.
Why does 13:20 mention peace when it speaks about God?
Every life that we can really call “well-rounded” comes from the peace that only God can give. This is the only kind of prosperity that counts. It’s ironic that Christians who were facing discrimination and physical abuse also had, at the same time, this ultimate kind of peace.
How was blood instrumental in bringing Jesus back from the dead (13:20)?
The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus brought His own dead body to life. It also just as clearly teaches that God the Father brought Jesus’ dead body to life. Jesus’ return to life is living proof that, as far as the Father is concerned, Jesus paid for each and every human sin. Jesus’ return to life ensures He is the connection for sinners to their God – now and forever. Only an occupied cross and an empty tomb are the winning ticket for us.
How did God raze Jesus (13:11-12)? How is this significant for your everyday life?
Was it the amount of blood Jesus bled or His blood type – what makes Jesus’ blood so valuable (13:20)?
The Old Testament Bible also called the new covenant an “eternal” one (Isaiah 55:3; Jeremiah 32:40; Ezekiel 37:26).
What kind of “eternal covenant” is 13:20 referring to?
The first or old covenant was signed in blood (Exodus 24), just like the second one.
How does the Bible (Genesis 15:10) connect covenant with last will and testament?
As the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ died for the sheep (John 10:11). As the Great Shepherd, He lives for the sheep in heaven today, working on their behalf. As the Head Shepherd, He will come for the sheep at His return (1 Peter 5:4).
Which is a better name for Jesus – “Lamb of God” or “Shepherd of the sheep (13:20)?
Calling God our shepherd pictures the way He looks after us. Sheep are helpless without their shepherd. We often miss the way the Bible uses the word “shepherd” in place of “king.” Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15 have a verb that the NIV translates as “rule,” when the word in the original is “to shepherd.”
Why does it call Jesus the “Great” shepherd of the sheep (13:20; John 10:8-16)?
The phrase “make you perfect” (13:21) translates one Greek word, katartidzo. This is an unfamilar word to us. It was familiar to the people who got this letter. Doctors knew it because it meant “to set a broken bone.” To fishermen it meant “to mend a broken net” (see Matthew 4:21). To sailors it meant “to outfit a ship to head out to sea.” To soldiers it meant “to train an army for battle.” Jesus wants to train us. Tenderly, He wants to set the “broken bones” in our lives so that we might walk straight and run our life-races successfully. He wants to repair the breaks in the nets so that we might catch fish and win souls. He wants to equip us for battle and outfit us so that we will not be battered in the storms of life.
What kind of motivational training can come from Jesus’ razing and raising?
How does He train us? He uses the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16–17), prayer (1 Thessalonians 3:10), our support group in the family of believers (Ephesians 4:11–12). He also uses individual believers to equip us and mend us (Gal. 6:1). Finally, He uses suffering to perfect His children (1 Peter 5:10).
Why put an “Amen” at the end of this sentence (13:21)?
Convicted. Tortured. Naked. No place on earth deserves the designation “God-forsaken” like the execution area outside Jerusalem. Disgraced. Deserted. Despised. This is how God made peace with us. In bringing Jesus back to life, God showed Jesus had satisfied all His demands for justice there.
1. How can you tell what God’s will (13:21) is? What’s the main thing He wants?
2. Why is it so easy to focus on our lives for Him rather than His life for us?
3. How does this section connect to John 10:1-10? What’s the connection to 1 Samuel 17:34-37?