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…. (Hebrews 1:1-2a)
Dr. Ben Carson was recently asked about who he would like most to sit down and have a drink with. His answer: “Jesus.” I don’t know that Dr. Carson will get my vote for President, but he definitely gets my vote for the best answer possible! There is no one comparable—Jesus is the central figure of history and eternity. The writer of Hebrews has Christ’s superiority as his theme. Jesus is the Living Word—the last Word for these last days.
There is no one more important to know than God. Yet, we could not know Him, had He not chosen to reveal Himself. We are born with an awareness God is there. Scripture never argues for His existence. The assumption is that any reasonable person will acknowledge there is a God. You have to work hard to deny His existence. The reason some profess to be atheists is due to minds darkened by sin. If there is no God, there is no guilt. Yet, the numbers of irreligious, although a little larger and a lot louder than in the past, aren’t the real problem. Rather, it is the religious that present the greater challenge. I define religion as the effort to find God, know God and be accepted by Him. It is what the Muslims do, the Buddhists and Hindus—but, it is impossible to know God that way. Instead, God has sought us and spoken to us. As recorded in the Old Testament, God has revealed Himself in different stages and diverse means (Heb.1:1).
Those days are past. We are in the last days (Heb.1:2). They began when Christ came—the transition was made from the Old Covenant to the New. We might say today that we are in the last of the last days! “The Word became flesh….” (John 1:14) The New Testament is a written exposition of Christ and what His coming means. There is no further revelation to be given, none is needed—all will be consummated in the visible revelation of Christ in His second advent. Everything is moving to that end. The church is about Jesus! Our message is about Him. Mohammed, Joseph Smith, and the like are false prophets who bring a later revelation or so they claim. That is impossible, for Jesus is the final Word.
Jesus is the heir—King of kings and Lord of lords (Heb.1:3-4). Through Him all things were made, by Him they hold together, and to Him all things belong. His glory is that which belongs only to God, for He is God. To see Jesus is to see the Father. The power of His Word is Omnipotent. He alone is the Savior and the perfect Sacrifice for sins. He has ascended and is seated at the right hand of the Father—in a position of authority. The angels serve Him. Jesus isn’t a servant, but the Son. The angels dwell in glory, but He radiates the glory! The Bible forbids the worship of angels, but the angels worship Christ. Eternal life is found only in Him. Once that journey of faith begins with a spiritual birth, you grow by knowing Him better, loving Him more, and walking with Him more closely. God has spoken and we better listen!