Are we listening?

The opening words of the Letter to the Hebrews reveal how profoundly God wants to form a relationship with humans.

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son (Hebrews 1.1-2a).

We can trust that there was always a conversation among the members of the Trinity. Heavenly beings, such as angels, were the constant companions of God.

It appears that God wanted a relationship with humans, who could freely respond to him or ignore him.

Throughout human history, God has conversed with humans with the most profound discourse through his Son.

Jesus the Messiah

Jesus is the name the author of Hebrews used to describe his humanity and earthly ministry. Jesus was both a fully human man, who walked the paths of Galilee and God who came to earth.

For example, Jesus the Messiah was the agent of creation.

[Jesus,] whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds (Hebrews 1.2b).

I had an eight-week course on the Trinity when I was in seminary. I made an “A” in the course but comprehended little more about the Trinity after the course than when it began.

The fact that Jesus is both God and human at the same time is beyond my limited brain power.

The idea that God is one, but is also Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a Biblical truth I accept by faith but am not able to explain.

What I can understand is that the God who wants to have a relationship with me is infinitely beyond my understanding. At the same time, he is my friend with whom I have a daily conversation.

Jesus has explained God.

John 1.18 says that Jesus has “explained” God. The author of Hebrews made this point some 20 years before the Gospel of John was written.

He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word (Hebrews 1.3a).

A word study will bring out the full beauty of this description of Jesus.

Reflection – brightness – radiance – Jesus is the “outshining” of who God really is.

Like no other, Jesus has explained every aspect of who God is.

God’s Glory – Glory is the revelation of God’s nature.

Seven hundred years before Jesus walked in Galilee, Isaiah prophesied the advent of God’s glory on earth.

A voice cries out:
“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.

Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together,
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
(Isaiah 40.3-5)

Light and darkness are often contrasted in the Bible. God’s glory is revealed as light.

God’s encounter with Moses involves personal communication, glory, and light.

The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud.

Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the Israelites (Exodus 24.16-17).

Exact Imprint – stamp or impress – a figure stamped – An exact correspondence between a seal and the stamp that made it.

There is an exact correspondence between Jesus and the Father. Jesus perfectly explains God.

Jesus surrounded himself with people. He taught, healed, and conversed with multitudes. The God we serve wants to speak to his creation.

Sustains – to bear – to bring forward

Jesus, the Son, is sovereign because he created the world and sustains it through his power.

Trustworthy Revelation

God’s people can trust Jesus’ revelation. As the perfect impression of God’s nature, he removes the barrier that keeps humans separate from a relationship with God.

When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1.3b).

The One through whom God made the worlds made purification for our sins.

When Jesus removed the obstacle that kept God and humans separate, he sat down at the place of ultimate authority.

The words of the Psalm writer are the reality that Jesus accomplished.

The Lord says to my lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”
(Psalm 110.1)

With this magnificent Bible passage in mind, there is a question we need to ask ourselves.

If God goes to such lengths to speak to humans, are we listening?

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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