The Best Way to “Say” It
Today we begin a new book of the Bible, the book of Hebrews. As I understand it, Hebrews is a book written to show the superiority of Jesus over the Jewish traditions of worship. It is written to Jewish men and women whose entire lives had been changed by following Jesus. The writer of Hebrews (we’re not sure who wrote Hebrews) spends most of this amazing letter showing the superiority of Jesus. That begins in Hebrews 1. This opening paragraph, along with John 1, may be one of the greatest opening statements made in any part of the Bible. Here it is: 1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
In the very beginning we are told that Jesus is the way that God has spoken to us in these “last days”. Jesus is the very image of God. If you want to know what God is like, read and learn about Jesus. Jesus is the “express image of God’s person”. God couldn’t have “said” anything better than that. I hope that you appreciate how important the life of Jesus is to understanding God. There is no expression of Jewish religion or any ritual that can reveal who God is better than Jesus. So, it seems logical that we would want to know all about Jesus, doesn’t it? I hope that you do. God couldn’t say it any better.