Hebrews 1:1-3 (ESV)
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high
In this beautiful and rich passage of scripture, we get a declaration that is both bold and revealing of who God is. It all revolves around how God the Father has made Himself known (how He revealed Himself). Throughout the history of the Jewish people, God made Himself known through prophets, those who would speak on behalf of God. But the writer of Hebrews tells us that God has ultimately and fully made Himself known through His Son, Jesus. Jesus did not just speak on His behalf like the prophets, He represented or revealed Him in every way. The implication here is that when you look at Jesus, you see the Father. If you want to know how God thinks, you look at Jesus. If you want to know how God acts, you look at Jesus. If you want to know God’s intentions and attitudes toward us, you look at Jesus.
- What is one thing that stands out to you in today’s reading?
- What does it mean to you that God made a way to make Himself known to you?
- Think about one characteristic that you know of Jesus. Now think about that characteristic in view that the God of the universe thinks/acts/values the same way. What does that mean for you and your life?
Ask God for help to better understand who He is. Ask the Holy Spirit to make Jesus’s thoughts about you rest in your heart, so that you believe them with everything you are.
For further study, take a look at the Gospels and explore some of the ways that Jesus revealed the Father. Read Matthew 5, John 7:53-8:11, John 10, Luke 10:25-37.