1. Jesus is the Communicator.
In the past, God spoke prophetically
In the present, God speaks personally
Vs 1: but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,
Jesus was not a messenger of God as in the past, when God uses prophets, visions, burning bushes, donkey’s, even fruit (Amos 8:1)
A. Jesus is the Message.
Jesus is the radiance of the Glory
Jesus is the exact imprint of God
Here He is described as the charaktér tés hupostáseōs autoú - "the exact image of His [God's] essence" Whatever the divine essence is, Jesus is said to be its perfect expression. The writer of Hebrews thus sets forth a high Christology affirming the deity of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the very character (impression) of God
1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
God Himself came to us and spoke directly with us, in His words and in His life!
Jesus Christ is the brightness of His glory – ‘the radiance shining forth from the source of life” He speaks the very light of Life! For God is Life!
Matthew 5:21-22 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
Is Jesus speaking anew to you each day? Or are you stuck on the past, following an old habit or tradition.
Jesus spoke with His Father every day, receiving a fresh outflow every day.
B. As the Heir of all things, We should stop and listen.
Whom he appointed the heir of all things,
Listen, observe, follow, desire, and make Him your Lord. We spend so much time chasing stuff instead of following the one who holds all the stuff.
2. Jesus is the Creator
He created you. Not the monkeys, not iridescent goo. You are no accident.
A. Jesus is the Manager of the Creation
The worlds are upheld by the Word of His power
Is your world being upheld by the Word of His power? Is your world out of control, upside down, discombobulated? Then you are not tapping into the power of His Word! No matter how chaotic this world may seem, Jesus is in control. He upholds it by the Word of His power!
B. Jesus is the Power of the Universe
DO YOU BELIEVE IN HIS WORD? DO YOU KNOW HIS POWER?
John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
John 16:23-24 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
3. Jesus is the Conqueror!
Hebrews 1:3.”After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
Jesus made a once and for all “purification of all sins of all mankind for all time!
Hebrews 1:3 “when he had by himself purged our sins” sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
“making purification” is a reflective tense, indicating that the thing done returns to the doer.
All Glory belongs to Jesus Christ, for all glory reflects back upon Him!
The priest had 146 external requirements that he had to meet to be qualified as a priest of the Lord.
The Jews rejected the Priesthood of Christ for He failed on; He was not of the tribe of Levi.
Yet Jesus was Priest after the order of Melchizedek! (Heb 7:17)
Jesus had an unchanging, eternal priesthood, and so was able to conquer!
4. Jesus is Crowned as Lord of All
Hebrews 1:3-4 He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become* as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
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