Ok . . . so two posts does not a series make . . . but the conversation I had this weekend again comes to mind as I continue reading in Hebrews 1. That conversation having sparked something in me that thinks deep and hard on the implications of the coming of God in flesh . . . of Jesus being incarnate deity. And so I wonder . . . and I marvel . . . at how creation points to Jesus.
The author of the letter to the Hebrews is writing to . . . well . . . Hebrews. The question addressed, at large, being, is Jesus really the Messiah? Is He, in fact, the promised deliverer? Some who have believed, waver . . . and, it would seem others waver and have yet to believe. And so, the writer builds precept upon precept in a magnificent treatise as to that which points to Jesus as Messiah and to the Old Testament foreshadows that are brought to light in Him.
Thus, the author is inspired by the Holy Spirit to present, as evidence, a number of Old Testament scriptures which prophetically speak of Messiah . . . and, in so doing, reveal Him to be superior to angels and, in fact, reveal that He is the embodiment of God Himself . . . and, as such, the God of Creation.
You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of Your hands; they will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will have no end. (Hebrews 1:10-13 ESV)
Jesus was there in the beginning . . . He laid the foundation of the earth . . . the heavens are the work of His hands. John puts it this way . . .
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4 ESV)
And Paul says it like this . . .
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17 ESV)
Sometimes I wonder if I don’t can shrink Jesus down to something that I think I can grasp and can get. But, pause for a moment and consider Him as Creator and He is unshrinkable.
To consider afresh that within Him dwells the fullness of deity (Col. 2:9) . . . and that, that same deity is the agency by which the heavens were made and the earth was formed . . . and it provokes awe-filled wonder and worship. It humbles the spirit . . . it quiets the soul . . . and the incomprehensible truth of God in flesh provokes praise. For it was while in that state, God in flesh, that He died for my sin. It was, as incarnate Deity, that Messiah provided the deliverance of the ages for all men and women . . . the deliverance from and sin and death.
Amazing love . . . how can it be . . . that Thou my God shouldst die for me . . .
All glory be to the One who laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning . . .