Scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer once said “The best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.”
Theologically, that concept is expressed in one word, incarnation, which means “in the flesh.” That’s Jesus. The incarnation of God. He sent His “idea” to humankind in the person of Jesus.
In one of the most sublime and majestic passages in the Bible, the Hebrew writer exalts the person and work of Jesus in these three glorious verses.
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; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
(1) Jesus is Heaven’s Greatest Messenger.
Through the centuries God has employed different means and methods of communicating His Word to the human race. To the Patriarchs He spoke directly to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He sent angelic messengers. Utilized dreams and visions. Appeared to Moses through a burning bush. Once he even spoke through the mouth of a donkey.
Ultimately God sent His Son, Heaven’s greatest messenger to reveal His message to mankind. Later the author will affirm that Jesus is greater than angels. Greater than Moses. Greater than Joshua. And greater than the Levitical priests.
(2) Jesus is the Complete Expression of God’s glory.
Jesus’ greatness is due to His glory. He’s pictured in a manner that could never describe a mere mortal. He is the very radiance and effulgence of God’s glory. The kind of Divine brightness that shone in the tabernacle and temple. Warren Wiersbe expressed it this way, “As it is impossible to separate the rays from the sun, it is also impossible to separate Christ’s glory from the nature of God.”
Furthermore, Jesus is the very image and essence of Godhood. The exact representation. The very substance. So, Jesus could say “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” Want to see God? Know God? And understand the character of God? Get a close look at Jesus. Study His life. Observe His interactions with others. See how He treated people. Then listen and learn His message.
(3) Jesus is the Father’s Ordained Heir.
Not another human being does, has ever, or will ever occupy the exact position of Jesus. He’s the only begotten Son of God. The King of the Kingdom. The Head of the Church. The One who’s superior to all principalities and powers.
The Good News is that when we become a child of God by obeying and following Jesus, we enjoy all spiritual blessings in Christ and become a joint heir with Him (Eph. 1:3; Rom. 8:17).
(4) Jesus was an Active Participant in Creation.
Contrary to human theories and creeds, Jesus was not a created being. He was, in fact, co-creator with the Father. Jesus is “before all things” and brought all things, both visible and invisible into existence (Col. 1:16-17).
(5) Jesus is the Sustainer of All Things.
God didn’t create us and leave us to fend for ourselves. In His providential care, He watches over us. Sustains us. And is active in the affairs of this world. And it is Jesus Christ who is the glue that holds this world together.
(6) Jesus is our Redeemer.
Through his death on the cross, Jesus provided the means for us to be cleansed of sin. The apostle John affirmed that He “loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Rev. 1:5). When we, like Saul of Tarsus, are baptized for the remission of sins, they are washed away by His blood (Ax 22:16). Then we can truly shout and sing, “Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!”
(6) Jesus is our Reigning King.
Note this. Jesus is “King of kings…the Lord of lords…the blessed and only Potentate” (1 Tim. 6:15). No man can occupy this position. Assume this office. Or fill this role. It is alone reserved for Jesus.
(7) Jesus is the Final Word of God.
Jesus confidently affirmed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except thorough Me” (Jn 14:6). He sent the Holy Spirit to reveal His Word to the inspired writers. It is written in the book we call the Bible, preserved through the ages by Divine Providence. It is God’s final and complete Word “once delivered to all the saints (Jude 3; Eph 3:3-5).
God’s plea to us today is expressed in “that man” Christ Jesus. He implores, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him.” (Matt. 17:5)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman