The proclamation of the gospel by the early church was undertaken in one of the most close-minded, religiously intolerant cultures on earth. The ears that heard sentences like our opening text had been raised and trained to reject and eliminate any other claims to divine truth. Both the intellectualism of the Greek world and the monotheism of the Jewish world would have nothing but disdain for the early churchs proclamation of a gospel having the Incarnation at its heart.
All of this makes the Letter to the Hebrews a very bold and provocative piece of writing. This was a stunning message in the cultural world-view of the early church. And I want to take one message outlining the flow of history behind this epistle. I want us to prayerfully and thankfully walk again through an amazing and agonizing period of the birth of our Christian faith.