“And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest” (Hebrews 3:1, NLT).

Many people of my generation (I’m a boomer) learned about Jesus in Sunday School. We were shown the artist’s depictions, told the stories and often participated in Christmas plays. For most of us, that’s as far as it went. We realized this Jesus had little relevance and got on with life.

This verse in Hebrews tells us to think carefully about him or as other versions say, to consider him, to focus or think hard about him. The second verse of Hebrews 3 in The Message says he is the centerpiece of everything we believe. As a child, what I learned about Jesus wasn’t entirely accurate, which is partly why I wasn’t impressed. We must get to know him as he really is and not rely on stories we heard long ago or snide comments from God-hating authors and celebrities. Getting to know him, the most important thing we can do, requires real thinking, hard questions and the courage (from the Holy Spirit) to seek the truth.

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