In Him we Live

2016-10-03

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets
at many times and in various ways, 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.
(Hebrews 1:1-2)

Reflection:
God has revealed Himself to humankind throughout history, and in a very particular way He has done so through the prophets whom He appointed and to whom He gave specific messages. However these revelations and messages were both partial and also progressive – they were always looking ahead to something greater, as were the Old Testament sacrifices. Now the writer to the Hebrews spells out five major truths relating to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ Who brings to completion all that went before.

Firstly, in Jesus Christ God’s revelation of Himself becomes final and complete. This Word made flesh becomes God’s last word to the world. The completeness of this revelation is spelled out by the Lord Jesus Himself as well as the writer to the Hebrews.

  • “Jesus answered: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9)
  • “He has spoken to us by his Son”

Secondly, Jesus Christ is the Lord of creation.  Through Jesus God made the universe and He is both its beginning and its end. As God has appointed Jesus heir of all things everything belongs to Him and it is He who sustains everything by His powerful word (Hebrews1:3)

Thirdly, Jesus Christ is the Son of the Father. There is no further or greater revelation necessary or possible.

  • “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3)

Fourthly, Jesus Christ is the Saviour of sinners. There is no further sacrifice required for His is the one, perfect and sufficient sacrifice. He, and He alone, is the One who takes away the sins of the world. And as He died for our sins, so He rose to give us life and is glorified in Heaven as our eternal Saviour.

  • “After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 1:3)

Fifthly, Jesus Christ is worshipped by the angels who can in no way compare with Him – for the Father and He are one (John 10:30)

  • “And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him” (Hebrews 1:6)

Response:
Look to the Lord Jesus – in Him is everything you need to see and to know.

Prayer:

My Lord and My Saviour, my King and my Sustainer, my Light and my Life, My Way and my Truth, in You I live and move and have my being. Bless You Lord God. Amen.

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