Series on Hebrews, I Superior Potentate, A Superior by Privilege, Text: Hebrews 1:1-4, Title God’s Final Word.rews 1:1-4,

Introduction:
Hebrews stands alone in enabling us to understand the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. The unity of God’s purpose and promise shines here like the light of the sun. The reason  is that this epistle, written to  Jewish Christians, demonstrates that Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Jewish religion. This is a divine encouragement to these Jewish Christians who were subjected to extreme persecution and in danger of turning away from Christ and back to their Judaism. The author of Hebrews says that if they abandon Christ they abandon everything including their ancient faith. So the letter begins with the controlling premise: Jesus Christ is the Covenant God of Israel. Instantly the reader is confronted with God of Creation, the God of Abraham, the God of Israel speaking his final word in Jesus. AND GOD IS THE WORD AND THE WORD IS GOD.  Let us see here God’s final glory revealed, and God’s final grace received.

I God’s Final Glory Revealed

Verses 1 & 2 state, In the past God spoke to our forefathers 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 he made the universe. God’s revelation  before Jesus Christ was like the slow growth of a tree before it bears fruit. Everything was necessary but preparatory to this moment. The learning process was spread over a long time, through various means and through a variety of messengers. Slowly in the darkness of the night the light approached. But now we are told The sun has risen. The day has dawned. Ezekiel’s visions and Daniel’s dreams are past. The plain truth is revealed in the flesh. Verse 3 sums it up with the sxtatement that Jesus Christ is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being. Jesus said, He that has seen me has seen the Father. Jesus Christ is the creator of all things visible and invisible. Jesus Christ is the one who sustains all things by the word of his power: all matter, all motion, all reality. Even the very atoms and molecules of our bodies stick together because he providentially holds them in position. And He has come.  How did this strike the Jewish mind?? It was hard for them to appreciate the significance of the event. They were waiting for a military hero who would exalt the nation and destroy their enemies. Instead, Jesus was crucified in weakness. His resurrection and exaltation left the Jewish political condition unchanged. The suffering and persecution grew long and hard, and the temptation to turn away increased. Twentieth Century Christians are not so different. Every trouble and trial brings us to the same place. We want release, we want out, and we want an end to it.  Hebrews wisely tells us to consider Jesus who endured such opposition from sinful men so that we will not grow weary and lose heart. And we are reminded to endure hardship, strengthen feeble arms and weak knees.  Foolishly we look for a new word, a further revelation, a new hope, but there is none because God’s final word has been spoken in Jesus and it is enough. This present era is characterized by a quest for relevancy. In our trials we go to church and say hurry up give me some new information. But there is nothing new to give because Jesus is everything. The issue is not God’s relevancy to you, but your relevancy to God. We are not like Moses hidden in the cleft of a rock viewing the rear of God as his glory passes by. We behold the glory of the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth. A Pastor once asked a boy what he wanted to be when he grew up. He said, “ A returned missionary.” All the study, all the years of separation from home and loved ones, all the suffering were deemed unnecessary. I’ll just be a returned missionary, how about you? But one more thing: if you this day have never repented of your sin and trusted in Jesus alone for your salvation please observe that there will never be another revelation from God. There will be no new way, and no different opportunity. The maker of all things has come.  This friends, is the alpha and omega of our reality. If you do not turn to Him there is nothing else. All hope is gone. God’s final word is written here in your New Testament. Francis Schaeffer predicted that we will all end up in an electronic village hooked to a huge computer and knowing what everybody else thinks. In that day, he said, majority opinion will become the law. Scary thought!!!!  The only people who won’t be taken in, and fooled are the people who know that God has spoken his last word in Jesus Christ.

II God’s Final Grace Received

We have seen that the True God came. God’s final glory is here. But that glory reveals him as full of grace and truth. He did not simply appear and depart. He came for a purpose. Thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins. God came to set his creation right, to deliver it from the bondage of sin and corruption. He came to finish a work ordained before the creation of the world. Jesus was appointed heir of all things in eternity, as we read in verse 2 , but His inheritance had become ruined,  fallen, and corrupted. He could not sit down at he right hand of the majesty in heaven, that is, he could not take the place of the heir, until he had provided purification for sin. Notice in verse 3 that we are told he HAS the appointment of being superior to the angels, but the appointment is not enough. He must BECOME superior by his obedient suffering as we read in verse 4, 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. We do not truly understand God’s final grace until we read Hebrews 9:16,17, In the case of a will it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. Jesus is the word of final grace because as the mediator he represents not only the heirs, but God, the testator. God is the one who gives the inheritance. Thus the grantor and the grantee are united. God has taken our misery upon himself. It is an unfathomable mystery. St. Anselm was right in Cur Deus Homo. There is no other way. Samuel Johnson wrote the future is purchased by the present. So it is with Jesus. Everything required to restore the universe is done. All that was necessary to reinstate paradise is finished. All that will renew the world is completed. All that will secure blessedness to his people forever is consummated. Therefore believe, or perish:  hold fast or perish.

Conclusion:


A.W. Tozer once wrote, “The statement that a Christian’s future is still before him is not a self-evident bromide or banality. Many Christians already have their future behind them. They are nostalgically looking backward. They are lingering around the cold ashes of yesterday’s burned out campfire.” Like Lot’s wife, these Jewish Christians were about to look back. The author is telling them that once God has spoken his final word, we’re on our way to glory. There is no turning back. The glory and the grace are too momentous to ignore. The direction of the train has changed. The course of the universe has reversed.  As Billy Graham said, I’ve read the last page of the Bible and its all going to turn out all right.  You’ve read the last page! Remember, the last word, Jesus Christ, guarantees the glory of last page. God is not silent, but He’s already spoken.