Summary: In Hebrews 1:1-3, God communicates the preparation for Jesus, the presentation of Jesus and the purpose of Jesus.
THE GREATEST COMMUNICATOR
Intro: There was a lady who had a hearing problem. One day she and her husband were driving from Tennessee to Little Rock, Arkansas. They were pulled over by a state trooper who asked if the husband knew how fast he was driving. The wife asked, "What did he say?” The husband replied, "HE ASKED IF I KNEW THAT I WAS SPEEDING.” Looking at the driver’s license the trooper said, "I see you’re not from around here.” The husband said, "No we are from Memphis.” The wife again asked, "What did you say?” The husband told her, "I SAID WE ARE FROM MEMPHIS.” The state trooper then commented, "You know, the meanest woman I ever met was from Memphis.” The wife again asked, "What did he say?” The husband replied, "HE SAYS HE THINKS HE KNOWS YOU!"
. Two men were talking one day. One of them said, "My wife talks to herself a lot." His friend answered, "Mine does, too, but she doesn’t know it. She thinks I’m listening."
. Communication, some people seem to be able to communicate better that others don’t they?
. Ronald Reagan was known as the “great communicator”. One who could get his point across so that others could understand and accept what he was saying.
. In a speech upon his retirement, he said this: “In all of that time I won a nickname, 'The Great Communicator.' But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference: It was the content. I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn't spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart …”
. We hear a lot about Reagan in the political climate of today and most would agree that he was a good communicator.
.While he was a good communicator. He was not the greatest communicator.
. Our scripture this morning the writer of Hebrews highlights just who the greatest communicator of all time is and how He communicated the greatest news in the world to mankind.
. Hebrews 1:1-3; 1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.2And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
. The writer of Hebrews reminds us of God’s communication to us.
. The writer writes of the Preparation for The Messiah, The Presentation of The Messiah, and The Purpose of The Messiah.
. The Preparation For The Messiah
. In verse 1 we see the preparation for the Messiah
. 1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.
. Deep inside all of mankind there is a search for the supernatural or a search for our existence.
. John Maxwell in his commentary on Hebrews describes mankind as living in a “natural box”. Meaning that we live in the natural world of man not the supernatural world of God. The supernatural world is outside the box and mans natural inclination is to try to get out of the box and get to the supernatural or God or Nirvana as the Buddhists call the ultimate enlightenment and end game so to speak. That is how religion is born. How do we reach out of the box and grasp the supernatural.
. The problem with this is that no matter how hard mankind tries, he just can’t work himself out of the box. We can’t get out of the box so God had to come to us. He had to speak to us and let us know how we could reach the supernatural.
. The writer of Hebrews says that the great communicator started long ago showing us that there was no way we could work our way out of this box. He says that he did that many times and in many ways.
. One way he did that was through the giving of the ten commandments.
. God gave mankind these laws to show us that we can’t work our way or obey certain rules and regulations to reach the supernatural. That there had to be another way.
. God began telling the Hebrew nation that as you can see, you cannot find me through rules and regulations because you are incapable as humans.
. I must provide another way. I will start by sending prophets to you to show you the way.