A Passage To Ponder: Hebrews 1:1-3



 

Scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer once said “The best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.”

Theologically, that concept is expressed in one word, incarnation, which means “in the flesh.”  That’s Jesus.  The incarnation of God.  He sent His  “idea” to humankind in the person of Jesus.

In one of the most sublime and majestic passages in the Bible, the Hebrew writer exalts the person and work of Jesus in these three glorious verses.  

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.

(1) Jesus is Heaven’s Greatest Messenger.

Through the centuries God has employed different means and methods of communicating His Word to the human race.  To the Patriarchs He spoke directly to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He sent angelic messengers.  Utilized dreams and visions.  Appeared to Moses through a burning bush.  Once he even spoke through the mouth of a donkey.

Ultimately God sent His Son, Heaven’s greatest messenger to reveal His message to mankind.  Later the author will affirm that Jesus is greater than angels.  Greater than Moses.  Greater than Joshua.  And greater than the Levitical priests.

(2) Jesus is the Complete Expression of God’s glory.

Jesus’ greatness is due to His glory. He’s pictured in a manner that could never describe a mere mortal.  He is the very radiance and effulgence of God’s glory. The kind of Divine brightness that shone in the tabernacle and temple.   Warren Wiersbe expressed it this way, “As it is impossible to separate the rays from the sun, it is also impossible to separate Christ’s glory from the nature of God.”

Furthermore, Jesus is the very image and essence of Godhood.  The exact representation.  The very substance.  So, Jesus could say “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.”  Want to see God?  Know God? And understand the character of God?  Get a close look at Jesus. Study His life. Observe His interactions with others. See how He treated people.  Then listen and learn His message.

Continue: https://thepreachersword.com/2020/02/19/a-passage-to-ponder-hebrews-11-3/

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