Friday, October 05, 2012

The symphony of Jesus

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Hebrews 1:1-14

TO CHEW ON: "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." Hebrews 1:1,2

One gets shivers reading the grand words that begin Hebrews. Like the strains of an orchestral overture, they give us a sampling of the themes that will follow. Of course we recognize these themes so readily because we have heard them before.

For example, our focus verses take us back to John 1:

Hebrews 1:1, 2: "God ... has in these last days spoken to us by His Son..."
John 1:1, 14: "In the beginning was the Word .... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."

Hebrews 1:2: "... through whom He also made the worlds."
John 1:3: "All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made."

The writer continues by quoting prophecy after prophecy to show us the preeminence of Jesus over every other created being. His praise montage contains snippets of Psalm 2:7; 2 Samuel 7:14; Psalm 97:7; 104:4; 45: 6,7; Isaiah 61:1,3; Psalm 102:25-27; Isaiah 34:4; 50:9; 51:6; Psalm 110:1; 103:20.

They tell us:
  • Jesus is God's Son. 
  • The angels worship Him. 
  • His throne and sceptre are eternal. 
  • His perfect just rule is a reason for joy. 
  • Though the earth He created will someday wear out, He is unchanging and triumphant.
Whenever we see Jesus interacting with people in the gospels it's easy to read Him as entirely like us. Our familiarity can becomes a lack of respect, even contempt. But here we get a foretaste of the whole symphony—Jesus' creative work, His humanity and redeeming work, and now His high destiny at God's right hand, worshipped and served by angels.

May these pictures, like motifs of a magnificent piece of music, help us see the real Jesus, who is so much more than a historical character on whom to model our lives.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, help me to comprehend how great You are and worship You with the grand language of the angels. Amen.

MORE: Because of Love - Wes Hampton

We begin to grasp the uniqueness of Jesus personally when we accept His free gift—His life for ours to pay the penalty we deserve. Such love is supernatural.


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