Jesus: Our Great Prophet
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, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
In the Old Testament, God would send angelic messengers to His appointed prophets. The prophets would then tell the message to God’s people so they could know Him better. There was always blessing for obeying God’s word and consequence for ignoring or disobeying God’s word. “…the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution”
The writer of Hebrews takes up most of chapter 1 to show us how much greater of a messenger Jesus is than the angels or the prophets were in the Old Testament. He is so much greater because He himself is God. Jesus speaks with absolute authority, the same authority by which He created the universe by His spoken word. He created time and space by just speaking. The writer further points out that, “He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” This is really cool to think about. Since the beginning of the creation the world, Jesus has always sustained it, and He continues to sustain it today. This means not only is He holding it up in existence, but He is also directing everything to its appointed end. Everything that has ever existed, anything that has ever happened, it has all served His purposes.
Jesus, as the sovereign God, has created and has been directing all of history by the power of His word. This is huge for the believer. We have been saved by hearing His Word in the gospel. The new creation has taken place inside of us by obeying His word to repent and believe. This is not where it stops for the believer. Just as the universe is sustained and directed by the Word of God, so must the rest of our lives be sustained and directed by the Word of God. This is why chapter 2 opens with these words of warning, “Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard lest we drift away from it… How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”
There is a danger in not living under the sustaining Word of our great prophet, Jesus Christ. The danger is that our thoughts, emotions, and actions will drift away from Him. We must be dedicated to living in submission to the words of Christ. To be sustained and directed through this life we must read, meditate on, memorize, and meet together to hear the preaching of the Word of God. For the believer this is not only necessary, it is a source of joy. Let us not neglect this great salvation.