Unit 31 , Session 3: Jesus is Better
Hebrews was a letter written to encourage believers to not only stand strong in their faith, but also to grow in their faith. More than anything else, though, the writer of Hebrews preached the superiority of Jesus: Jesus was present at the creation of the world. He is the heir of all things and God spoke to the people through Him.
Because the writer of Hebrews was writing to a mostly Jewish audience, he used the history and heroes of the Old Testament to show how Jesus fulfilled all of God’s promises to send a Messiah to save His people. As you introduce your kids to the Book of Hebrews, concentrate on a major theme found in chapters 1–8: Jesus is better.
Jesus is better than angels. He is the Son of God. He is better than Moses and the Mosaic covenant. Jesus completely fulfilled the covenant of the Old Testament; that made Jesus’ new covenant far better. Jesus is better than the tabernacle and the priests.
Because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, the people no longer needed priests to speak to God for them or to offer sacrifices to take away their sins. These Old Testament figures, laws, and traditions pointed forward to someone better: Jesus.
Emphasize to your kids that Jesus is better than anyone and anything. He is the better Prophet, the better Priest, and the better King. Everyone who trusts in Jesus has salvation from sin through His perfect life, death, and resurrection. As the church, Jesus calls us to share the gospel with the world. Jesus is the superior solution to the problem of sin. He is all that is needed for salvation.
Jesus is Better
Jesus is better than anyone and anything. He is the better Prophet, the better Priest, and the better King. Everyone who trusts in Jesus has salvation from sin through His perfect life, death, and resurrection.
Family Discussion Questions
- How did Jesus bring the new covenant?
- Why is the new covenant better than the old covenant?
- How do we become part of the new covenant?
This or That?
-Direct the kids to stand in the center of the room.
-Suggest two items, pointing to one side of the room for each.
-Kids will gather on the side of the room that corresponds with the item they would prefer.
-Select a kid from each side to explain her reasoning.
Suggested options: cake or ice cream, air hockey or foosball, pizza or tacos, blue or red, soda or juice.
"We all have different preferences, and that’s good! God made us to be diverse and unique. But there’s one thing we should all agree on: Jesus is the best treasure in the world. Let’s talk more about that."