Note: Today’s reading is Hebrews 1.
I love the book of Hebrews. It helps us see just how wonderful Jesus is and how what we know about the Old Testament part of our bibles connects to what we know about our King Jesus. It starts off with these poetic words:
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
– Hebrews 1:1–4
It is an incredible truth that is a bedrock of our Christian faith. It’s something that, if you think about it, shouldn’t be true. In fact, I think that sometimes we have a hard time believing that it is true. I’m talking about the truth that God speaks to his people. He really communicates with us. He does this in a miraculous way through his own Spirit and written Word.
Let me say it again: God speaks! He spoke to his people of old through prophets, but now, he has sent his Son! God’s love for us was so great that he sent his Son to earth, not only to save us, but also to communicate to us. He didn’t just sent messengers, he came and walked among us. In Jesus, we see “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.” We see in Jesus the full revelation of all that God is. And not far off on some distant hill in a castle. Walking through the streets with the poor and the downtrodden. Wow!
Jesus, who “upholds the universe by the word of his power” gave his life on the cross so that we could hear good news from God. You see, if it wasn’t for Jesus, we would be like Adam and Eve after their sin. We would run and hide when we heard God speak. But the one who is now seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high made purification for our sins on the cross! And so now, coffee cup in hand, bible on the table, we open his Word and expect him to speak.
I pray you go through your day today remember two things:
- God has spoken to me. He has revealed salvation. He has revealed a way of life that will bring him glory and me joy. He has revealed himself. What great love that father has for us!
- God has spoken to me through Jesus. It could be no other way. The prophets spoke a word that God’s people needed to hear, but it could never be the word the brought the dead to life. Jesus speaks to us and empowers us to live out his Word through his life giving gospel and empowering spirit. You have hope as you try to live out what God has spoken because of the work of Jesus on your behalf.
We have received grace upon grace!