Summary: The practical value of knowing that Jesus is the greatest revelation we can have of God is that it gives us a way to evaluate every situation in life. The “what would Jesus do” theme is our guide. He is the revelation of what God would do.
Anne Graham Lotz in her book Just Give Me Jesus begins her introduction with this
story. “Several years ago, Andrew Morton wrote a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. In
his publicity tour for the book he said his information was based on conversations he had
with some of her closest friends. His book sold thousand of copies. After Lady Diana’s tragic
death in a car accident in Paris, Andrew Morton’s book was re-released. This time he
revealed that the source of his information had not been intimate friends of Diana’s but
Diana herself. He then produced hours of taped conversations with the princess as proof.
And his book sold hundreds of thousands of copies. It made an enormous difference to the
reading public to discover the book was not hearsay but what Diana had said about herself.”
God has had many spokesmen through history, and they have revealed God’s will for His
people faithfully, but they were only instruments through which God spoke. When Jesus
came into history God was doing something different. He was no longer just using the bodies
and minds of men to convey His Word. He was Himself in a body and mind speaking directly
to man. It was no longer just “Thus saith the Lord,” but “I say unto you.” Jesus was God
speaking to man, and not just another tool God was using to convey His Word. He was the
Word. He was the greatest revelation of God because He was God revealing Himself. His
revelation is superior to all that had gone before Him because He was superior to all that
had gone before Him. He was superior to everyone and everything is the major point of this
whole book. The first three verses of Hebrews are the greatest summery of Christology you
will find anywhere in or outside of the Bible. They reveal Jesus to be superior in these ways:
1. He is superior as a spokesman. He is superior to all past spokesmen.
2. He is superior as a son. God’s ultimate revelation.
3. He is superior in status. Heir of all things.
4. He is superior as source. Creator of all.5. He is superior in splendor. God’s glory.
6. He is superior in substance. Exact replica of Father.
7. He is superior as sustainer. By His powerful word.
8. He is superior as sacrifice. Provided purification for sins.
9. He is superior as sovereign. At right hand of Father.
Hebrews does a lot of comparing to show that Jesus always comes out on top when
compared with any other person or thing. We see it is the first goal of the book to show us
that God has done a lot of revealing of Himself by speaking to men in various ways, but that
the highest and final way is in Jesus. It is of interest to note that the first verse uses
alliteration in that the five key words of “many times,” “many ways,” “past,” “fathers,” and
“prophets” all begin with the Greek letter “pi.” I am going to follow that pattern as we look
at the three kinds of revelation that the book of Hebrews deals with. They are Past
Revelation, Progressive Revelation, and Perfect Revelation.
THE PAST REVELATION
The first things that needs to be made clear is that the superiority of the revelation we
have in these last days through the Son does not mean that the revelation that came through
the prophets of old is not valid. It was the best that God was giving at the time. It was
incomplete, but it was the best that could be had in the days of the prophets. Jesus did not
come to destroy the law and the prophets, but to fulfill them. They were the introduction,
and Jesus is the completion. They gave us fragments of God’s purpose, but Jesus gave us the
final and full revelation of God’s purpose. Through the prophets we come to know about
God, but through Jesus we come to know God, for He is God speaking directly and not
though the voice of another.
Jesus made it clear that the Old Testament was God speaking to man about Himself, and
that there was a final revelation coming. In John 5:39-40 Jesus says to the Jewish leaders,
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.
These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”
Jesus is saying that the old revelation was pointing to Him. He makes it even more clear to
the two on the road to Emmaus after he arose from the dead. In Luke 24:25-27 we read,
“How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!