People have told us how God’s Son came to save us. But of course, we cannot believe everything that people say. However, they are not the only witnesses. God himself has given us evidence. He has done extraordinary things. He has done many astonishing things that only he, God, could do. Jesus himself said that God the Father would do this (John 8:18; John 10:38).
It is clear that the author of Hebrews does not just mean events during Jesus’ life. The author describes how God gave his Holy Spirit to Christians. God divided his Spirit among them (Acts 2:3-4). Each Christian received the Holy Spirit. And then these wonderful events continued in their own lives. So, the work of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life is also evidence.
Hebrews 2:4 is very similar to Mark 16:20. People today are not sure whether that verse was originally part of Mark’s book. But Hebrews 2:4 says the same thing. In fact, it emphasises it even more.
Mark 16:20 mentions only ‘signs’. That is, special events that show people about Jesus. But Hebrews 2:4 mentions ‘wonders’ (wonderful events), ‘miracles’ (powerful events) and the work of the Holy Spirit. All these words describe things that people cannot do. They are God’s work. And their purpose is to tell people about God’s Son, and the fact that he will save them.
God does these things because he wants people to know about his Son. And he wants them to know about his Son because he wants to save them. In other words, he wants to rescue them from the evil forces that control their lives. But that is only possible because of Jesus’ death on the cross.
There is no other way to have a right relationship with God. Jesus, God’s Son, is the only way (John 14:6). We must not neglect this message. We should give it our complete attention. We must invite Jesus into our lives. It is dangerous to delay or to hesitate. God himself has shown us how important Jesus is.
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