Please turn to Hebrews 2:1-4. The author of Hebrews is writing to Christians who had been reared on the Torah. As such, they had an enormously high respect for the Law of God, the Word of God, for God’s deliverances, and for the miracles of the Old Testament. In fact, they had such a high opinion of God’s work in the Old Testament that some of them were tempted not to realize the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ. After proclaiming the superiority of Jesus Christ in chapter 1, the author of Hebrews now answers the questions, “So what? What is the significance of that? What is the implication of that? What is the practical effect of that truth in our lives?” The author is pressing the theme that Jesus is better, that He is greater, that He is superior to, and that He is more excellent than anything in this life. This passage can easily be divided into four sections. First, in verse 1, the author of Hebrews stresses the importance of the message of Jesus. Next, in verses 2-3, he discusses the enormous consequences of ignoring the message of Jesus. Then, at the end of verse 3, he demonstrates how the message of Jesus has been confirmed. Finally, in verse 4, he shows us the divine testimony to the message of Jesus.  

I. The Importance of the Message of Jesus. 

In Hebrews 2:1, the author says, “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” He is making the point that the Gospel must be taken seriously. He is stressing the importance of our paying attention to what has been heard — the Gospel message about Jesus. And he stresses it because in this congregation there were apparently some people who were being tempted to abandon Jesus and go back to their Jewish heritage. They had transitioned out of Judaism into the discipleship of Jesus Christ, and they had acknowledged Jesus Christ as their Savior. They had been baptized and they had been enfolded into the Gospel believing congregation. But now some of them were tempted to return to previous practices, perhaps under the influence of fellow Jewish teachers in the time who were saying, “You know, you can have everything you have in Christianity without rejecting your Jewish heritage just by coming back and following our brand of Messianic Judaism.” In the face of that temptation, the author of Hebrews was stressing the seriousness of the Gospel. While there may be few of us that are being tempted to engage in an overt rejection of the Gospel, it is entirely possible that we are vulnerable to apathy or to indifference to Jesus or to Gospel truth. Thus, the author of Hebrews is also speaking to us and he is saying, “You must not neglect the Gospel. The Gospel must be heard, it must be believed, and it must be embraced.” 

II. The Consequences of Ignoring the Message of Jesus. 

In Hebrews 2:2-3, the author emphasizes that the Gospel must be taken seriously because someone greater than Moses has been sent by the Father. He is addressing not just the importance of the Gospel message; he is addressing the consequences of ignoring the Gospel message. Specifically, he says, “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?” The author is stressing an important point and he is saying, “If the disobedience of God's people in the Old Testament resulted in God justly judging them for their sins, what will happen if you reject the way of salvation that He has provided for you so that you are not condemned for disobedience to His Word?” In short, he is saying, “You must take the Gospel seriously! It is the way God has provided for your salvation!”

III. The Confirmation of the Message of Jesus. 

At the end of Hebrews 2:3, the author says, “It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard.” He is emphasizing that we need to take the Gospel seriously because it is true. God has confirmed it through the witness of the apostles. This congregation was not a congregation of early Christians who had direct or firsthand knowledge of Jesus. They had learned what they knew about Jesus from the preaching of apostles or apostolic helpers. So the message about Jesus they had heard, they had not heard from Jesus directly, but they heard the Gospel through the testimony of witnesses. And the author of Hebrews presses home that point as a very good thing. He is saying to this congregation, “It is not just one person who has made a claim to you, it is all of these apostles who have witnessed to the message of Jesus. They have confirmed the message that I am preaching to you.” Gospel preaching ministers today are also preaching the same Bible that is based on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and on the testimony of two thousand years of Christians. That knowledge should be a great source of encouragement to all of us regarding the confirmation of the message of Jesus.   

IV. The Testimony to the Message of Jesus.  

In Hebrews 2:4, the authors says, “God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” It is important to recognize that miracles did not just happen all the time in Bible times. Miracles occurred in the times of Moses, Elijah and Elisha. Miracles were also performed by Jesus during his ministry. Even John the Baptist did not perform miracles. He was right on the forefront of Jesus’ ministry and even he did not perform any miracles. The point is that miracles did not just happen every day. These people were not gullible. When they saw a miracle they knew they were seeing something special. And the author of Hebrews tells us that the reasons God gave those signs and wonders and miracles was to attest to the truth that was being proclaimed. We believe that the message of Jesus is true and we accept it not just because it is good, not just because we want to be forgiven, but because it is true. In summary, the author of Hebrews is saying to those early Christians and to us, “The Gospel is true. God Himself testified to it.” May God give us the faith to believe in His holy Word and the deep desire to embrace the truth of the Gospel.