How many different ways do you communicate with people? Facebook, Twitter, and Outlook are all open on my laptop right now. And my I-Phone is lying beside me on my desk. I am prepared to communicate! At just about any time you can reach me by text, phone, Tweet, FB post, or email.
One more thing. My Bible is also open to the book of Hebrews:
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. 3 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. Hebrews 1:1-4, NIV
God speaks to His people
What?! The Creator of the universe reveals Himself and His ways to lowly mankind. This fact fills me with awe and wonder. God speaks to me – and to you – through His written word and through the Word.
How often do we stop and reflect on this incredible truth? God speaks to you. God speaks to me. God speaks…
God speaks through His Son
Jesus is the “radiance of God’s glory.” The Greek word doxa, translated as “glory,” refers to the luminous manifestation of God’s person. Jesus is the visible revelation of God’s nature and ways. Jesus physically and verbally represents God the Father. You want to know the Father? Get to know Jesus.
Sustaining, Superior Savior
The author of Hebrews wanted to make sure his readers did not minimize Christ. He packed the opening of his letter with powerful words to describe our Savior.
Let’s talk about the greatness of Jesus today! What descriptive words for Jesus do you see in these verses? What do they mean to you today?
I admire marathon runners. Their discipline and endurance inspire me. They spend months training and preparing to run the 26 mile race. They stick to the running schedule, get plenty of rest, and eat right. All this to prepare for the big race.
Like a marathon, the Christian life is a long-distance race. It requires discipline and training. In chapter 12, the author of Hebrews tells us we must get rid of everything that hinders our performance. Are you prepared to run the course?
How many times have you bought a product or service, because it promised to do something specific, only to be disappointed? I have tried many cleaning products that claim to cut through the hard water deposits on our bathroom fixtures and leave them “sparkling clean.” None of them lived up to their claims.
Jesus made some bold claims. “No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). But Jesus’ claims are true! He is our superior High Priest who offered the once-for-all sacrifice on our behalf. The blood of bull and goats could not take away our sins, but the sacrificial blood of Christ accomplished it!
I love the symbolism God instilled in the tabernacle and the sacrificial system. So did the author of Hebrews! Repeatedly he’s told us that these things are a copy or shadow of the true spiritual things. He begins chapter nine with a description or layout of the Old Testament tabernacle. It lists all the furnishings and where they were located. All this pointed to God’s ultimate plan of salvation which He determined before the creation of the world: Jesus Christ and Him crucified!
What did you learn this week about the furnishings in the tabernacle? What ?significance do they hold regarding Jesus Christ and His role?
Have you noticed that laundry is never really done? By the time I collect all the dirty clothes, haul them to the laundry room, sort them into piles, do numerous rounds of washing, drying, and folding, and then put them all away, there is already more that needs washing. Laundry never ends.
The Levitical sacrificial system was a little like doing laundry. The work had to be done over and over again. The priests sacrificed daily. Blood flowed constantly. But the sins continued to pile up because these sacrifices could not change the heart of the worshiper.
The author of Hebrews shows the superiority of the New Covenant’s sacrifice over the old. Let’s dive into chapter nine and discover how the death of one Superior Savior accomplished what the death of countless bulls and goats never could – eternal forgiveness of sins and freedom from its guilt!