I was in the process of writing a post in the Message Behind the Lyrics series when I got sidetracked by this post. The song I was working on, What A Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship, is grounded in Hebrews 1 and Colossians 1. As I was reading the first 4 verses of Hebrews 1 I said to myself “This has to be its own post!”. The richness of who Jesus is to us and all of creation was just so evident in these first few verses. Let’s break down verses 1-4 of Hebrews chapter 1 to discover more of who Jesus is:
From the beginning of time, God used prophets as his mouthpiece. Whether it was Isaiah, Hosea, or Elijah, there were messengers in each generation that would speak the heart of God to His people. Now, we have Jesus! God the Father didn’t need to send any other messengers after Jesus because he is the greatest messenger of God to ever walk this earth. He has revealed things to us that no other prophet could. He is the Son of God. There is no better spokesman to reveal the truths of God. Yes, our pastors and church leaders are good; however, if what they say contradicts whatever Jesus has already said please reject it. Absolutely nothing can be taken away or added to the message of Jesus Christ.
When parents leave an inheritance they usually divide it between all of their children. Jesus is the firstborn of all of creation and the only Son of God. Therefore, whatever God owns Jesus owns. And God owns everything! Jesus has all power on heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). Jesus is our big brother. Because he owns everything we have access to everything. His power has given us a VIP pass through life. Why do we worry? Whatever we need he will supply.
Jesus wasn’t just some child born in a manger years after the earth was created. He was the one who created the heavens and the earth. Wait, Jesus created the heavens and the earth? I thought it was God. Well, Jesus is God. We serve one God who manifests himself in three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. The mystery of the trinity is too complex for our feeble minds to comprehend but we know that Jesus was here from the very beginning. Paul says it best: But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life. (1 Corinthians 8:6, NLT). So, God the Father created everything through Jesus the Son.
Jesus is the light of God’s glory. The sun in the afternoon sky is too bright for us to stare at. The heat of the sun is more than enough to consume us. What we see are the rays of its light. The rays prove to us that the sun exist and it gives us a snapshot of its characteristics. In the same way, think of Jesus as the rays of God’s Glory. The glory of God is too radiant for us to behold. No one can see the full glory of God and live. Even Moses, as close as he was to God, was only privileged to see the back of God (Exodus 33:19-23). However, God knew that humans would be the skeptical type so he allowed us to see a snapshot of His glory through Jesus. Just like the rays of the sun in the sky, Jesus exist to prove to us that God the Father exists and he embodies the characteristics of God. This brings me to the next point.
Jesus is an exact representation of who God the Father is. God could not come down to earth to show himself to us. He already warned us that if anyone sees Him they will not be able to live. His glory is just too overwhelming. So he sent his Son, in a way that we could relate to: human form. Even though Jesus was human he was still 100% God. He possesses the same qualities of God the Father. Have you ever seen a child and said “Wow, you are definitely your father’s son?” or “Wow, you are definitely your mother’s daughter?”. It’s because the similarities in looks and personality is just so obvious. The same goes for God the Father and God the Son. Jesus is the very image of God. Anyone who has seen Jesus has seen the Father. (John 14:9)
Jesus didn’t just create the world. He sustains it. He keeps it from falling a part. I love analogies so this is what I think when I see Jesus as creator and sustainer. Imagine a home that was just built. That is the world. Now if the owners don’t regularly maintain the house what will happen? It loses its beauty and could even become an abandoned house. I’m sure you’ve seen many abandoned homes. They are not a pleasant sight. Jesus knew it wasn’t just enough to create the world. He needed to maintain its beauty. Jesus also knew it wasn’t going to be enough just to save us. That’s why he sent the Holy Spirit to help us maintain our beauty.
Thank God for the precious blood of Jesus! We were supposed to live in the Garden of Eden forever but then sin entered the world through Adam. God needed to send us a Savior. No human could save us. Human blood was not clean enough to save the whole world. It had to be someone who was the very image of God. Jesus took the sins of the whole world and died in our place. He bore humiliation just to save us. The creator of the universe suffered humiliation from his creation just to save those he created. Wow. There’s no greater love than that. There isn’t any need for another sacrifice. His blood was rich enough to pay the price for all generations to come.
Jesus did the work he had to do on earth and now he’s back in heaven just chilling. He worked to secure salvation for us on that cross. But even in heaven he is still working hard on our behalf, interceding for each one of us. If that was me I would’ve said “Well, I died for them that should be good enough”! But even after the cross He never stopped caring for us. He goes before God the Father on our behalf every day and fights for us. As I’m writing this I just saw a vision of Satan going to God every day and pointing out all the sins I’ve committed but Jesus is sitting there at the Father’s right hand saying “Yes Satan you’re right. She did do that. But I’ve died for her sins to be forgiven. Look Father, she loves us and desires to be close to us. She fell but with the help of the Holy Spirit she’ll get up again. Have mercy on her.” Jesus is fighting for me. He is fighting for you. The least we can do is give him our life.
When Jesus came to earth he was made a little lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:9). Why? Because he needed to be like us so he can experience death like us and be made perfect through suffering (Hebrews 2:10). Now he has completed his work on earth and his position in heaven has been reinstated. Because of the suffering that he endured he is now crowned with honor and glory. This is an accomplishment that no angel can take claim to. He is higher than the angels because he is God. But he is also higher than the angels because he experienced what none of them have- death on the cross. His suffering exalted him.
These 9 points barely scratch the surface of who Jesus is to us. I encourage you to get to know him. There is a great book by Judah Smith that I encourage you to read. It gives more insight on who Jesus is. You can get a copy of the book here.
I pray that you read this and then go and study the scriptures yourself. God Bless.