Read Hebrews 13
1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.
Benediction and Final Greetings
20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.
23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.
24 Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people. Those from Italy send you their greetings.
25 Grace be with you all.
We’ve finished another book! Come back tomorrow for a recap of Hebrews and for a few reflective questions for you to think about as you look back at what you’ve read over the last 2.5 weeks. On Monday we’re going to stay in the New Testament and read through Philippians, a shorter book (four chapters) that is loaded with both theological truths and practical applications. Invite your Life Group or a friend to read alongside you. We’re so excited to continue this journey through scripture with you.
– The BRP Team
The book of Hebrews ends by underscoring the idea that has permeated throughout the entire letter: Jesus is good enough. In order to find joy in this life you don’t need to avoid suffering, have sex, or pursue financial gain. The author so eagerly desires for the readers to understand the simple equation of Jesus + Nothing Else = All You’ll Ever Need.
We can know that this equation is true because of what Scripture says about Jesus. Hebrews tells us that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. Hebrews tells us that His character will never change. Our good and gracious Savior will stand by our side day after day after day. He’ll be the same yesterday, today, and forever. If that’s true, then we can be content in any and every situation!
So today we don’t need to concern ourselves with anything other than following the steady Shepherd. We’ve followed Him long enough to know that He desires to lead us into green pastures. He longs to lead us beside still waters. This is who Jesus is. This is who Jesus will always be. He knows what’s best for us and eagerly desires to give us what we need. If that’s true, then we can believe to our core that He alone is good enough.
But do you believe that? Does your heart echo the words in verse 6, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Or instead are you still searching for that thing that will give you ultimate peace and pleasure? Maybe now is the time to remind your heart that you were made for a relationship with Jesus. You don’t need more stuff, more status, or more satisfaction for your soul to be at ease. You simply need more of Jesus. Because Jesus alone is good enough.
- What else does your heart desire besides Jesus?
- How should the consistency of Jesus affect your anxiety/stress?
- If Jesus was all you truly wanted, how would that change your mindset on a daily basis?
Did You Know?
At the very end of the chapter the author mentions that Timothy had recently been released from prison. Timothy, a contemporary of the Apostle Paul, is the only church leader referenced specifically by name in the entire book of Hebrews.