I’ve been in the book of Hebrews quite a big lately in my reading, right from the opening verses it really brings home the point of Jesus being the long awaited Messiah. This book is written to the Hebrew people with express purpose of bring home the point that Jesus is Messiah. He gets right to that point from verse 1.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets… God spoke through the ages through many different people, in many different ways. Beginning with Moses, then Joshua, then the judges. Through Samuel, David and Solomon. Through Elijah, Isaiah and all the prophets, God spoke. He spoke through visions, through prophetic speech, human speech, through fire, through earthquakes, through a burning bush, through a still small voice. Speaking through so many people so many ways, it was never a complete revelation, always bits and pieces that would all be part of the progressive revelation fulfilled in Christ. To Noah it was revealed what part of the world Messiah would come through, to Abraham the nation revealed, to Jacob, the tribe of Judah was revealed. To David, the family line, to Micah the town, to Daniel it was revealed the exact time Messiah would come. All small pieces which add up to the whole.
…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. The last prophet to speak was Malachi, after which there was a 400 year gap before Christ came. When Jesus finally did appear, there was much anticipation – many knew through the prophets that this was the appointed time. Simeon and Anna are talked about as waiting for Him in Luke chapter 2, the wise men also knew when and where to look. Jesus is the heir of all things because He is the son of God, to whom all things belong.
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. If we want to know the Father, we must get to know the Son. We mistakenly think God us angry with us and wants to punish us, forgetting that he true nature of God is shown through Jesus at the cross. Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas the High Priest, and he crowd of people shouting for His crucifixion may have had a spirit of anger and vengeance, but not God. His was the spirit of forgiveness even while hanging on the cross. His was and is the nature of God.
After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. Referring to Psalm 110 – “The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”” Psalms 110:1 ESV Jesus made his one time purification of sins as the ultimate high priest, also from this same Psalm – “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”” Psalms 110:4 ESV. After his one time sacrifice on our behalf, His work here was finished. Instead of having to continually and repeatedly offer sacrifice for sins, Jesus sacrifice was once and for all time – therefore he can “sit down” at the right hand of the Father. After His work is finished, He ascends from the place He took lower than the angels (to be one of us) back to His rightful place above the angels as the Son of God.
From prophecy to life, from life to death, from death to resurrection, from resurrection to ascension. We’ve received our salvation from the very Son of God. Just as the Israelites had their inheritance assigned to them by God through Moses, this is our inheritance from God. We just have to accept it, and claim it. If you were notified by an attorney that you were named in Steve Jobs will and were due an inheritance from that estate, would you accept it? Of course you would. Why do so many choose to reject the inheritance due them through the estate of Jesus Christ?
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 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. 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, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.”
Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV
Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV