How Can We Neglect So Great a Salvation?

Once again, it’s time for us to remember Christ and his death by observing the Lord’s Supper. Once again, I’ll go to the book of Hebrews where the author explains the new covenant in light of the old covenant.

I’ll read from the beginning of Hebrews 2:

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (Hebrews 2:1-4)

The word “therefore” turns our attention back to what the author said in Hebrews 1 where he attempted to show the superiority of Christ. Jesus is greater than even the angels. As a result, what we learn about Christ is too important to ignore or neglect.

Notice the contrast here. The “message declared by angels” was the law and commandments of God (Heb 2:2). The people of Israel were judged and disciplined by those commandments. But now, we have a better message: the gospel of Jesus Christ. Rather than strive to keep a law we can’t keep, we are saved through faith in the one who could and did keep the law perfectly.

If not Christ, then how can we be saved? “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” (Heb 2:3). The law provides little more than retribution, but Christ gives eternal life.

The Lord himself declared the gospel as did the apostles. It was confirmed by “signs and wonders and various miracles” (Heb 2:4). Jesus and his disciples were able to do things no one can do apart from the power of God.

So the author of Hebrews implores his readers to do more than offer a mental assent to the supremacy of Christ. He deserves our worship. If the angels worship him, then we should worship him. If the angels are “ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation,” then we should certainly believe the message of salvation (Heb 1:14).

Christ offered his body for our sakes. We are redeemed by his blood. Do you believe that? Then, worship him. Take this bread and wine, and worship him as you eat and drink.

Heavenly Father, words fall short when we try to express our gratitude for what you have done. How can we begin to offer an appropriate amount of thanksgiving? We were dead in our sin, but you have made alive together with Christ. We were slaves of sin, destined for wrath, but your Son has redeemed us. He suffered the judgment meant for us. We can’t thank you enough.

Fix our hearts now on the day your Son shed his blood. Help us to see what we didn’t see with our own eyes. Help us to see his death with spiritual sight. Please forgive us for our sins. In Christ’s precious and holy name. Amen.

Preached at Joy Christian Church (Benson, NC) on July 2, 2017, during the Lord’s Supper.