Brothers and sisters, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for in fact I have written to you quite briefly.
I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been released. If he arrives soon, I will come with him to see you.
Greet all your leaders and all the Lord’s people. Those from Italy send you their greetings.
Grace be with you all.
We don’t know for sure who wrote this letter to the Jewish Christians of Rome, but we do know why he wrote it. He was concerned for the people there who were dealing with such a terrible ordeal at the hands of Nero, one of history’s great villains. These brothers and sisters in Christ had been pushed to the wall and were in danger of losing much more than their lives, so he wrote one of the most amazing letters ever written.
The author gave them a real glimpse of glory, God’s glory through Jesus Christ, and also of the glory that awaits His followers. With his continuing message of holding on to what we have in Christ, he hoped to see these people through their ordeal and to come with them to the ultimate glory beyond this earthly vale, that true glory which is forever ours in Christ.
As we read these last few verses, how can we miss the love with which he writes? Here is a man who is feeling for his flock, here is a man who truly cares about God’s people. Have you noticed that the word “love” is not mentioned in these verses? Yet it is evident in the emotion behind the words: This is love in action! This man knew of the suffering in Rome, felt for his people and took up his pen. He didn’t simply say “I love you,” he showed them his love through his concern, and in the process, he gave them the strength to carry on. There is much for us to learn in this, and yes, dear reader, we can learn so much from our study of this great letter to the Hebrews!