Sermons on Christ's Person

Sermons on Christ's Person

Proverbs 1:20-33

In Proverbs 1:20-33, Solomon describes the call of the enigmatic figure, Wisdom.  Who is this Wisdom who appears again in chapters 8 and 9?  In this text we learn that Wisdom will pour out the Spirit and make the one who heeds her know the Word.  These are the actions of God, making Wisdom equal to God and, as is clear from the passage in chapter 8, the Son of God. Solomon makes it clear that attaining to Wisdom means…

Hebrews 10:1-10

In Hebrews 10:1-10 the author contrasts the efficacy of the blood of bulls and goats to that of Christ. The blood of bulls and goats could not take away sins, but Christ, as the Son of God who became man, is able to cleanse all those who come to Him from their sins. Pastor Grasso highlights in this way the significance of the incarnation for atonement.

Hebrews 5:8

Sometimes simple verses can contain deep theology. In Hebrews 5:8 the author says that Christ learned obedience through suffering though He was a Son. How can the eternal Son of God learn if He is omniscient as the eternal Son of God? This verse highlights the wonder of the incarnation and the glory of Christ being able to sympathize with His people as a great high priest.

Hebrews 5:1-10

In Hebrews 5:1-10, the author begins his comparison of Christ, a priest after the order of Melchizedek, with the sons of Aaron, the levitical priests. Christ is superior to them in that He is able to sympathize with His people without sin, has learned obedience through what He suffered, and offered prayers to God for His and our deliverance. Through all of this the one who was appointed by God to be high priest has become the source of eternal…

Hebrews 4:9-10

In Hebrews 4:9-10, the author speaks about a “sabbath rest” that remains for the people of God (v. 9).  He then shoes how Christ has rested from his works as God did from his (v. 10), providing the basis for this rest.  Pastor Grasso defends this reading of verse 10 and shows the ways in which Christ’s work of redemption is related to creation and, more particularly, the new creation.

Hebrews 3:1-6

In Hebrews 3:1-6, the author compares Christ to Moses. Moses was the greatest OT prophet and was “faithful in all God’s house” (Num 12:7). Having shown that Christ truly became a man, lowering himself below the angels, the author now shows that he is greater than the greatest of men, Moses. Whereas Moses is faithful in God’s house as the servant of God. Christ is faithful over God’s house as the Son of God. Moses was in the house. Christ…

Hebrews 2:10-18

In Hebrews 2:10-18, the author continues to discuss the incarnation. Why did Christ become man? Ultimately to die. Far from this proving that he is not a ruler, his death is actually his “crowning with glory and honor” because by his death he has defeated the devil and made atonement for sin. Christ, the Son of God, became man for this reason.

Hebrews 2:5-9

In Hebrews 2:5-9 the author to the Hebrews shows that all things have been put in subjection to Christ, the Son of God, who became man for our salvation. This is true even if it looks like the world is far too strong for the church. Christ has become man for our sakes and, though he is made a little lower than the angels in his manhood, yet all things have been subjected to him by his death and resurrection.

Hebrews 1:5-14

In Hebrews 1:5-14 the author of Hebrews quotes from a number of Old Testament passages to show that Christ is superior to the angels in every way. He is superior because he is the Son of God. He is superior because he is God by nature, not a ministering spirit like the angels. He is superior because he is the king, not a servant. The Arians of the 4th century and the Jehovah’s Witnesses today claim that Jesus is merely…

Hebrews 1:1-4 (Part 2)

In Hebrews 1:1-4 the author contrasts two ways God communicates: through the prophets of the OT and through his Son. The revelation is far superior to the old method of communication because of the surpassingly great glory of the Son. He is the heir of all things, the creator of all, the brightness of the glory of the Father, who upholds all things. He is the one who made purification for sins and sat down at the right hand of…

Matthew 9:32-34

In Matthew 9:32-34 Christ gives speech to a mute demoniac. This again shows Christ’s authority over all of creation as the eternal Son of God. Matthew here, however, begins to highlight a new theme that will be developed in the coming chapters: how people respond to Christ. That Christ has done something amazing and is doing amazing things today cannot be denied. The question is: do these things cause you to worship him or to declare him to be evil?
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