In the year 64 AD, Emperor Nero of Rome, secretly set the city on fire, and blamed the disaster on Christians. Nero wanted to rebuild Rome; to overcome opposition to his plan, he set fire to it. This happened about 30 years after the death of Jesus; counting back from 2019, this would have happened 1955 years ago.
Christians at that time suffered greatly; they were beaten often; lost their jobs, businesses, and houses; were locked up in jail and later killed for being followers of Jesus. Young women became widows, children became orphans. It was a difficult time, some lost hope and denied Jesus so that their suffering could end.
The book of Hebrews was written first to Jewish Christians, who were suffering greatly, and were thinking of going back to Judaism. That is why in Chapters 1 to 10, the author shows them how Jesus is greater than (1) Angels (2) Moses (3) the Melchizedek Priesthood (4) the Levi Priesthood and (5) the Temple sacrifices.
Hebrews 10:36 (NLT) says: “Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”
Hebrews encourages us not to give up hope in Jesus during tough times. Can we truly say we have faith, if our faith is not tested? Every Christian will pass through periods in life, when we are expected to show patient endurance.
Lord, teach us how to hold on when our faith is tested, Amen!