The theme of Hebrews is to persevere in and for the faith because Christ is superior. Point to consider: Written to 2nd generation believers who are admonished to know that we are all one in Christ; that Christ is superior and to Him alone we are to focus. In this first chapter the author, who is an unknown, reveals to us succinctly who He is and why He is to be worshiped and not the angels as was occurring within the first century. Thus the author brings his audience back to the basics of why that is not God’s plan. He gives us in just the first 4 verses seven characteristics of who Jesus is that we might bow the knee in total reverence and humility.
- He is the heir and yet He is God
- He is the heir and yet He is Creator
- He is the radiance of God’s glory
- He is the manifestation of God in flesh
- He is the Word by which He sustains all things
- He accomplished cleansing for sin
- He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High
As we read these 7 fully complete characteristics of our Savior, we recall these words of Jesus to Philip. John 14:8-11 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? but if you do not believe me, believe because of the miraculous deeds themselves.’
If you believe Jesus was the incarnate revelation of God, ponder these words and rejoice that we know Him, walk with Him, and one day will reign with Him. Have you been with the Savior today?