Started in on two new books this morning in my reading plan, Isaiah and Hebrews. And while I’m looking forward to working through the prophecy of Isaiah, I’m pretty sure it will pale in comparison against the grand subject of Hebrews, for “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” (Heb. 1:1). His Son. To be sure He will be spoken of and foreshadowed within the prophet’s oracle, but in the letter to the Hebrews He is exalted front and center. Right off the bat He is introduced with a bio that is jaw dropping. And as I again meditate on who He is and what He’s done what moves my soul is when He sat down.
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. (Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV)
Who Christ is, though beyond human comprehension, is clearly stated. He is God’s Son. He is the One appointed to be heir of all things, “it will all belong to the Son at the end” (MSG). He is the radiance, the reflected brightness, the shining forth, the “out-raying” of God’s glory. Want to see the glory of God? Look upon Jesus. He is also the exact imprint of the nature of God. The express image, an exact representation, of the substance and reality of God. Want to know how God thinks, how God feels, how God will react? Get to know the mind, the heart, and the responses of Jesus. Watch His every move, as it were, as recorded in Scriptures and then you will glean insight as to the nature of God. That’s who my Lord is.
But then you read of what He has done and it crushes the awe-o-meter. It was through the pre-incarnate Christ that God created the world. “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:2-3). But after creation, He didn’t sit down.
And it is Jesus who upholds the universe by the word of His power. Want to know the secret of the atom? It’s Jesus. Want to understand the mystery of the galaxies? Jesus, again. Want an answer as to how it all hangs together and is so discoverable? You guessed it, Jesus. But even as the bearer of all things, He doesn’t sit down.
But then we read of another work of the Son of God. He made purification for sins . . . by Himself, He purged our sins (NKJV) . . . He made cleansing for all our iniquity. And then, says the Scriptures, He sat down.
Creating all things, amazing! Upholding all things, mind-boggling! Making, by Himself, the way to redeem all things, facedown time.
For the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23) and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins (Heb. 9:22). And so, for Jesus to, by Himself, make purification for sins He had to suffer and die as the once for all sacrifice for mankind’s transgression. He had to bear the wrath of a holy and just God in the place of those who deserved it. He had to have His blood spilled that sin might be atoned for. He had to know death so that death might be defeated. And, having done all this on the cross, and having then been raised again on the third day and then ascending into heaven, He sat down. It is finished!!!
Sat down for this was His greatest work. What’s more He is sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, the position of honor and exaltation. Sat down at the position of power (Matt. 26:64). Sat down at the place of the Father’s delight (Ps. 16:11). God having highly exalted Him in heaven, and soon to be, on earth. Sat down for a time while He waits to return. Behold our Savior!
And, as with faith’s eye, I look up and see Him sat down, I can’t help but be humbled and to worship. I reflect on the stuff in my own life for which He made purification. I anticipate that day when He stands to receive me home (Acts 7:56). And I declare, “O what a Savior!”
All because of grace . . . All for His eternal glory.