6th Day of Advent
1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but 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. 3He 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, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
God has revealed Himself in many different ways throughout history: From prophets in the Old Testament who were commissioned by God to speak to his people– to God-inspired human authors used to compose the 66 books of the Bible that we currently have… God has always communicated to His people in one way or another. He has even revealed Himself to us through His creation. For example, when you stare in wonder at the Milky Way on a dark starry night, you experience a sense of God’s glory!
Isn’t it incredible that out of all the ways God chose to reveal Himself to us, His final and richest way would be in sending His own Son, Jesus Christ? God chose to send Jesus down into our world, in the form of a baby, so that He could demonstrate His love and glory in a breathtakingly personal way. Jesus Christ – fully God and fully man – was “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature.” He was the long awaited Messiah that all of the prophets in the Old Testament were longing for. He was the final and perfect sacrifice for all of mankind’s sins. He is the most perfect display of God’s nature and character.
F.F. Bruce said, “…His word was not completely uttered until Christ came; but when Christ came, the word spoken in Him was indeed God’s final word.”
God’s final word was THE WORD (John 1:1). In Christ Jesus we encounter all of God that our finite minds can grasp and comprehend.
Questions to Ponder
- How does it make you feel knowing that God has spoken, and continues to speak, to us?
- How has God revealed Himself to you through His Word and creation? Can you think of specific times that these revelations have drawn you closer to Him?
(F.F. Bruce, The Epistle to the Hebrews (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1964), 1-3.)