Listen: Hebrews 1: 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.
Think of the times when God permitted one of his people to get a glimpse of his glory. He appeared to Abraham disguised as a traveler along with two angels. God came to Moses in a burning bush and it made him afraid. God showed Moses his glory on Mount Sinai, but covered him in a cleft of a rock and only gave him a glimpse of his passing. He did the same with Elijah, when God showed himself in a still small voice. Why hide himself? Because sinful man cannot bear to see God in all his glory and live.
God saved the best for last. He revealed himself through the prophets as he spoke his Word through them. But now he has chosen to reveal his glory to us through his Son, Jesus. God hid himself in Christ so that he could reveal his glory to us in a way that we could bear to see it. In other words, if you want to see God, then get to know Jesus. Why? Because Jesus is God. He is the radiance of God’s glory. He is the exact representation of his being. And he is the one that revealed to us God’s divine plan to save us by shedding his blood on the cross for our sins.
I am excited to start this new book today because Hebrews is all about Jesus. Jesus is better than the angels, better than Moses, better than the high priest or the old covenant. The writer to the Hebrews argues to his Jewish audience that there was no reason to go back to the old ways. As we read and study it, we will see how the old ways from the Old Testament were really about Jesus anyway. Remember this. If you want to know God, then get to know Jesus.
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank you for giving us your Son, Jesus, to be our Savior and for revealing your glory to us through him. Help us to fix our eyes on him, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. We ask this in your name. Amen.