1 On many past occasions and in many different ways, God spoke to our fathers through the prophets. 2 But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.
3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, upholding all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 4 So He became as far superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is excellent beyond theirs.
The author of Hebrews starts out with a bang! as he writes about the importance of God the Son. He doesn’t even say “Hello” to the churches as St. Paul did in many of his letters.
Instead, He hits us right between the eyes with Christian teaching. “God spoke to our fathers through the prophets”. It’s clear from this that the author is talking to fellow Jewish-Christians. And the first two words are most important: God spoke.
Have you ever seen one of those videos of an infant who was born without hearing? Someone captures the moment of them just after they received an implant which allows them to hear. One moment, they are playing with a toy or sucking on an object. The next moment their mother speaks.
Each child responds differently. At first, there is shock and surprise. Then, the child might begin to cry with joy. Or, the child has an expression of pure happiness and starts to speak, too. These are the precious moments of life when a word changes the world.
Do you remember when God first spoke? That was a very long time ago. And, when He spoke, He made everything that is. He created life. He spoke light and darkness into existence. He spoke the sun, moon and stars into existence. He spoke people, plants, animals and rocks.
But God didn’t stop talking. He wasn’t finished. He spoke judgment, curses and good news to the first people. He spoke promises to the patriarchs. He spoke release to captives. God spoke the Law to His people. He spoke condemnation and judgment to other nations.
And God warned His own people through the prophets.
With all the events happening around us, many Christians are comparing their situation to the “last days”. They see fulfillment and mystery in the unfolding of history. They long for God to speak again. They want Him to reveal what is happening and what they should do through a prophet.
The author of Hebrews offered a different message. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, He speaks about the past and the present. He tells us that God has spoken again ‘… by His Son’. That’s important. The author was taking them back to the touchstone of their faith; Jesus Christ, Son of God.
By reminding them of all that Jesus was and is, he was reminding them of the Son’s total authority over events in this universe. There is nothing above Jesus.
Here is a list of what the author says about the Son:
- He is heir of all things
- The universe was made through Him (the Word)
- Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory
- He upholds all things by His powerful Word (namely, Jesus Christ)
- Jesus provided purification for sin
- Jesus ascended to the throne at the right hand of the Father
- Jesus Christ is superior to the angels
Now, that’s a mouthful!
And if that was where the letter ended, we would have a most encouraging word. But, it is also the creative word. You see, whenever we read or hear the scripture about Jesus, God breathes life into us again. He speaks forgiveness. He creates faith in your heart. With a Word, He changes the world.
And He has changed us. We are no longer what we were. We are new creations in Christ. Our life is hidden in Him.
So as events unfold, hear the words in the first verses of Hebrews: Christ is the Creator, Sustainer and King of the Universe. At all times.
And you are children of this King through His cross, death and resurrection. You are united to Him through baptism. And no one can snatch you out of His eternal hands. Hear the Word and be created again. Because God knows, we could use a good word these days.
Finally, take a moment to open your Bibles today. Read about the Son of God. Consider all He is. Search the word for the Word. God spoke then and He will speak it again to you today. And in that Bible you will find the Word … who changes your world.
To the Glory of His Name,