In many parts of the New Testament we see the glory of who Jesus is, but in this post I just want to look briefly at Hebrew chapter 1. In this chapter we find a description of Jesus in his majestic and awesome nature and yet we find that this same one is the Saviour of sinners. Consistently throughout the Biblical revelation we find that the majestic God is the one who works salvation for his people. the writer of the book of Hebrews packs a lot of truth into a small space, and we can miss the wonder of the truth if we read the book too quickly.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors 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 also he made the universe. (Heb 1:1–2).
In these amazing words the writer starts this letter, We are to realise that Jesus is the very pinnacle of revelation, in him we can clearly see who God is, a God of holy love, the awesome one and yet the friend of the poor and needy. This revelation is made to us by the one who created the universe. The Lord Jesus is both God and Man and as God he is the creator of all that has been made. When we look at the sea , the rolling hills, mountains, rivers and wonderful landscapes we see the artistry of our God and Saviour. God has spoken to us through the Lord Jesus and we need to hear that voice both in Scripture and through the witness of the Holy Spirit working within us.
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”?
“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 spirits,
and his servants flames of fire.”
8 But about the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
10 He also says,
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”
13 To which of the angels did God ever say,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet”?
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Heb 1:3–14).
These words show to us the exalted nature of Jesus he is above the angels because he is God, and yet he is also the one who came into this world to make a sacrifice for our sins. The writer states clearly that after the work of atonement is completed Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. He has completed the work he came to do, and the rest of the book shows us many implications of his finished work. He is the one who is addressed by God the Father as his son, the one the angels should worship. One day all of the enemies of Jesus will be defeated, and they include sin and death. The work of Christ has overcome all the obstacles to salvation and indeed the renewal of the universe. The angels are ministering spirits sent to those who will inherit salvation, somehow this puts the role of angels in perspective. We tend to think of angels as being more exalted beings than ourselves but this passage has a different message, it shows clearly that they are sent to serve the purposes of God’s salvation of humankind.
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (Heb 2:1–4).
We are called to pay careful attention to the gospel message, so that we will not drift away. we must ignore the message of this great salvation. this message of salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself but God also testified and still testifies to it through the work of the Holy Spirit. Still today we hear of credible reports of signs and wonders. We see the gifts of the Holy Spirit being used to extend the kingdom of God. Let us revel in the truth of the gospel and may we depend upon the Holy Spirit to empower us to witness to his great name.