The Son Who Speaks part 3/5 – Week 11 / March 12th

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past
To the fathers by the prophets, 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; 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, having become so much better
Than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent
Name than they.”

“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have
Heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through Angels
Proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received
A just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?
Which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us
By those who heard Him…”
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:1-3

The writer reminds us that God has spoken to us “in these last days” by His Son. We must take heed and listen because this Son speaks:

1. By His dignity.
That is, He is greater than all who have gone before Him whether it be Angels, Moses, Elijah, David, Abraham and all the rest. He has no equal!

2. By His destiny.
He made the worlds and He is the heir of all things. (Colossians 1:15-17) Everything is summed up in Him and all of history is moving toward Him. No one will escape Him and so they will come to Him now in love but later in judgment! Every knee will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord! (Philippians 2:9-11)

3. By His divinity.
He is the outshining of all that God is; the express visible image of an unseen God. Just like the Sun; no one has ever really seen it. We have only seen its rays. Jesus has declared and demonstrated the unseen God. (John 14:7-9) In Jesus’ days a Roman coin was more than mechanism of commerce and payment. It was sacred because it had the image of the Emperor on it. How you treated the currency was how you respected the Emperor god! Jesus is God’s express image and He is God!

4. By His degradation
He assumed a human body and entered into this world of sorrows and death because it is alienated from God. All alone and forsaken He died on the cross in our place and removed the barrier of our sin and rebellion that existed between us and God. We can be redeemed, restored, reconciled and renewed because of His utter humiliation and triumph. He thus obtained an excellent name and we love Him. (Rev3:12)

The people who hear:
These must give earnest heed to these things because our salvation is great and unique. We shall not escape if we do not heed the voice of the Son. Make no mistake the fiery furnace of hell awaits every human being that rejects the voice of the love of God in Jesus. (Revelation 14:9-12; 20:15) The two biggest dangers to spiritual life are not rebellion and sin but drifting and neglect! We become sloppy and irregular in our Bible reading, church attendance and prayer. We all have to guard against these and therefore we must continue, day by day to give earnest heed to the great things pertaining to Jesus and His finished work on the cross.

Malcolm Hedding.

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