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Read Hebrews 1

God’s Final Word: His Son

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 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. 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. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

The Son Superior to Angels

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;
    today I have become your Father”?

Or again,

“I will be his Father,
    and he will be my Son”?

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

In speaking of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels spirits,
    and his servants flames of fire.”

But about the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
    a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
    therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
    by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

10 He also says,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
    like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
    and your years will never end.”

13 To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet”?

14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Go Deeper

From the start, the author of Hebrews makes it abundantly clear why they are writing this letter.  It’s all about Jesus. In the past, God made Himself known at various times in various ways. But now, God has provided for us a lens with which we can see Him in full clarity.  When we gaze upon Jesus we see the fullness of God and the true picture of our reality. This is what the book of Hebrews is all about. The author’s only goal is to emphasize the supremacy of Christ so that the readers might be able to know God. Jesus didn’t just come to tell us about God, He came so that we could see God in the flesh.  

For us, this chapter is a reminder of the importance of the finished work of Christ. Our faith doesn’t come down to ancient traditions or our own morality. Instead, everything we are as Christians comes back to Jesus. Our hope cannot be shaken, because we know that Jesus has already defeated death. Our trust in God is firm, because we know that Jesus was sent to showcase God’s love for us. While everything else in this world will come to and end, Jesus will remain. The book of Hebrews is a reminder for us to once again place our trust in the person of Jesus. Because through Jesus, we have a picture perfect vision of who our God is. He’s the creator, sustainer, and victor of our story.

Questions

  1. Verse 3 says that Jesus is the exact representation of God. What’s your favorite characteristic about Jesus? How does that affect the way you see God?
  2. When does Jesus not feel like enough for you?
  3. How would your day to day life change if you didn’t know Jesus?

Did You Know?

In verses 2 & 3 there are seven distinct facts about Jesus that show his unique greatness as the Son of God. For the writer’s Jewish readers, the number seven held symbolic weight as the complete or perfect number (as in the seven days of creation). 

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4 thoughts on “Hebrews 1”

  1. Megan Shoemaker

    “He is the…exact imprint of his nature”

    My favorite characteristic of Jesus is His forgiveness and the way he pursued people onEarth who were typically looked over. I think if the bleeding woman in the book of Mark who reached out to simply touch His cloak, not seeming to try and get His attention but Jesus turns anyway and acknowledges her and points out and proclaims that her faith has saved her. I think this is a good example of Him “leaving the 99” and highlights His love for those who are lost or seem forgotten.

  2. After reading Exodus the bridge to Christ is beautifully displayed in the opening verses of Hebrews. God’s final words showcase his Son as:
    *heir to all things
    *creator of the universe
    *radiance of God’s glory
    *exact representation of God the Father
    *sustainer of all things by his word
    *provider of purification for our sins
    *now seated at the right hand of God in heaven
    I want to press pause today and let these truths sink deep into my heart. Do I grasp the fullness of who Christ is? All of him is and always will be enough for me to navigate this crazy life. May my words & actions magnify the one who reigns supreme over everything.

  3. Please bring back “this is what I’m thinking about today” audio clip! That really helped me dig deeper in to the message of the scripture. Thank you for everything you do for this Bible reading plan.

  4. Amazing, thank you! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of Hebrews. The entire Bible, and all creation is for Jesus and about Jesus and sometimes we’ve made it about other things. I can’t wait for Holy Spirit to reveal Christ more and more over the next few weeks so I can grown in my knowledge and understanding of who He is and to really see Him rightly

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