Summary: “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”
JESUS THE BETTER WAY: BETTER THAN OUR LEGENDS
HEBREWS 1:1 – 2:4
BIG IDEA: “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”
As I was studying this book I remember saying to myself, “The Hebrews probably had a lot of problems accepting the writer’s assumptions and conclusions.” You see he takes personalities, emblems, and concepts that are very sacred to them and “demotes” them. He takes the very elements of the Hebrew faith and identity and says they are obsolete and replaces them with another – Jesus Christ.
Now what the writer did for them (or maybe more accurately TO them) is nothing short of what he does for/to us either, that may never be more obvious that in this chapter on legends and heroes.
You understand what I am saying right? We must be prepared to be offended by the Word of God today.
Having said that, let’s read from chapter 1.
HEBREWS 1:1 – 8
1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 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 being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? 6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” 7 In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.” 8 But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.
It was Christmas again; Vickie and I spent what seemed like a very long time not just buying presents but wrapping them. But that Christmas Craig was so excited by the wrapping, and inside the wrapping the cardboard box, that he almost ignored the present itself. Indeed, though he seemed pleased in a way with the present, later that day we found him playing with …the box. He was using it as a prop for some of his smaller toys; namely army men and hot wheels cars. It worked well; even the wrapping paper was useful for hiding battalions of men and machinery. The fact that I can’t now remember what was in the box itself - the actual gift - makes the point. (Adapted from “Hebrews for Everyone,” N. T. Wright)
The book of Hebrews is determined to help the people it’s written to not make that same mistake. The wrapping had come off the gift; and the gift was Jesus himself, God’s own, unique son, sent to fulfill everything the law and the prophets had spoken of. They could now move on from the earlier stages of God’s purpose and gladly live out the new and complete purpose which had dawned.