Summary: Exposition of Heb 1:1-4 regarding the end all of revelation--Jesus Christ
Text: Hebrews 1:1-4, Title: The Ultimate Revelation: Christ, Date/Place: NRBC, 7/4/10, PM
A. Opening illustration: goldfish illustration
B. Background to passage: The book of Hebrews is written by an unknown Jewish author (unless you have KJV) with a great knowledge of and deep respect for the Old Testament. He is writing to a unique group of people. Some of the people in this congregation of Jewish believers, are genuine believers to whom the bulk of the sermon is written (that’s right, a sermon, which by the way, in his own words Heb 13:22, he says is brief, only a few words). But there is also a group of Jews meeting with the church who are intellectually convinced, but not ready to bow the knee, and take up the cross, becoming Christ-followers. The are the fence straddlers. It is to these that the six warning passages are written; warning them that if they turn away, rejecting Christ, they will join the ranks of the perishing. And thirdly, there is a group of Jews who is meeting with the church that are exploring the faith, and not yet intellectually convinced. And our author is trying to persuade them to be convinced and trust Christ. And we must keep that in mind, as it is crucial to interpreting many passages correctly. And all of this is done with the theme that Christ is superior to everything! To angels, to the law, to the old covenant, to Melchizedek, to the priesthood, to everything. So watch this theme as it sweeps through the book like a mighty wave bending all topics toward Christ and His superiority. The beginning of this sermon, however, is about introducing Jesus, and what and introduction!
C. Main thought: And we will see the superiority of Christ as the final self-revelation of God Himself.
A. God Spoke (v. 1-2)
1. The author begins by reminding them of all the ways that God had spoken to their fathers. Jesus Christ is the superior self-revelation of God! He is better than creation. He is better than the prophets, he is better than the Old Testament books, better than everything. He is fuller, more complete, more lasting, and eternal. The God who had no need of speaking to His creation (in fact, had no insufficiency fulfilled even by the creation) spoke! And this final speaking was so decisive and so ultimate, that no more self-revelation of God is needed. That is the implication of the text.
2. Rom 1:20, Psalm 19:1, Num 12:6-8,
3. Illustration: “…God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." – C. S. Lewis, “He was not silent. God communicates. He means to connect with us. He is not an idea to be thought about. He is a person to be listened to and understood and enjoyed and obeyed. He is a speaking Person. There is no more important fact than this: There is a God who speaks that we might know him and love him and live in joyful obedience to him. God spoke” –Piper, Michael quoted a student of the rabbi’s who said that if we were really followers of Jesus, we would read through the gospels 3 times a week,