To some people, Jesus is as significant as a drop of water in the ocean. He has little impact on their thinking or their lifestyles.
To other people, Jesus is the focal point and the driving force of their lives. He is not seen as a drop. He is seen as the whole vast ocean, from its shallow shores to its mighty depths.
How big is your Jesus?
The writer of the book of Hebrews wants to impress on his readers the enormity of Jesus. The first three verses are packed full of gems.
1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
The writer also wants to impress upon us the importance of the words of Jesus.
In chapter 2 he says, “ 1We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?”
If no one escaped the message spoken by angels in the past and Jesus is much superior to them, how is anyone going to escape if they ignore such a great salvation?
The Australian government in late 1980’s paid for a series of ads to warn the people of the real danger of AIDS. A medieval Grim reaper bowled a bowling ball down an aisle aimed not at bowling pins but at people - men, women and children. The Government undertook a great public relations or PR exercise to warn people about the danger of AIDS.
The Bible also gives us clear warning of a great danger. All people are destined to die once and face God. We are called to give an account of our lives and how we have treated God. Every good thing we have in this life is a gift from Him. To ignore God in this life is pure folly.
I once read an account in John Wesley’s journals of him visiting the house of the late Mr. Reynolds who had just died. In his journal Wesley says ”… The house is, I think, the best contrived and the most beautiful I ever saw. .. .At a small distance stands a delightful grove. On every side of this, the poor rich man, who had no hope beyond the grave, placed seats, to enjoy life as long as he could. ….. in the year 1759, having eaten, and drunk, and forgotten God for eighty-four years, he went himself to give an account of his stewardship.”
As Wesley points out, the late Mr Reynolds enjoyed life. He had a fine house, he ate and drank well, accumulated wealth, but totally ignored God. To Mr Reynolds, Jesus and God were not significant. He just ignored them. As Wesley so adeptly puts it “He had forgotten God for 84 years and now has gone to God to give an account”
The writer of the book of Hebrews does not want us to forget the enormity and significance of Jesus. He wants his mainly Jewish readers to continue to walk with God in Christ and not turn back to Judaism, even though they were being persecuted for their faith. Sometimes in this life we also become distracted and lose sight of what's important. We need to be reminded and refocus our thinking and our lives on what truly matters.
The first three verses are like an opal strike in Coober Pedy. They are packed full of riches. If we learn these verses and take hold them, it will help us in our walk with God.
These verses tell us who Jesus is and what He has done. They tell us about the grandeur of Jesus, of His power and of God’s glorious plan of salvation. In these three verses God shares with us His Son, Jesus Christ, in the the greatest public relation exercise of all time...
A simple acrostic will help us remember and meditate on the richeness of the content of Hebrews 1:1-3.
God SHARES Jesus. God’s generous and costly PR campaign, not paid with money, but by the life and death of His Son upon a cross.
|S||Jesus is the Spoke person and Son of God. No one escaped if they ignored the message of the angels, Moses or the prophets of God. Since Jesus is superior to them, how foolish it is to ignore the words of the Son of God.|
|H||Why is Jesus so important? He is the Heir of all things; of all the good things that are worth having in this life. Of all the good things in the next life. All belong to Jesus. If you have Christ, you have the lot. If you cut Him off you lose everything!|
|A||Jesus is the Agent of God’s creation. We are not here as the result of random chance. We are here because of the creative work of God. All things were created through Jesus.|
He is the Radiance of God’s glory
Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory like the sunshine is from the sun. Jesus fully reveals God the Father.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
|E||Jesus is the Exact representation of God like the image or likeness of a coin. If you want to know what God is like look at His Son, Jesus.|
|S||He is the Sustainer of all things. In God we move and exist and have our being.” Acts 17:28. God did not just make the world then withdraw from it. He sustains it, He causes the sun to rise each morning, the rain to fall and the grass to grow. If He withdraws from His world it would ceases to exist.|
|P||Jesus made Purification of sins and sat down. The Old Testament priests always stood. They never sat because their work was never finished – they were continually making sacrifices. The last words of Jesus on the cross were “It is finished." The veil in the holy temple was ripped from top to bottom signifying we have direct access to the most Holy God through Jesus. “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12|
|R||Jesus is at God's Right hand: He is ruler of the world: Part of an early Christian hymn says - "9God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phil 2:9-11|
How big is your Jesus?
The Jesus we walk with each day is not some someone we push aside. He is the Creator of the universe. He is the ruler of all.
When we undergo sufferings in this world we have the One who sustains the universe at our side. Won't He also sustain us?
Some Christians live in poverty. However, in reality, they are wealthy beyond measure. They have Jesus who is the heir of ALL things. It is often those who are rich that are poor. Mr Reynolds was described by Wesley as "the poor rich man". He thought he had everything but in reality had nothing.
Christians are not perfect. We battle with sin. When we do stuff it up, for life is messy and our nature is fallen, we have a High Priest to intercede for us on our behalf, Jesus Christ, who made purification for sins and sat down. “It is finished.”
God SHARES his Son with us That is God’s glorious PR campaign to save you, me and all who call upon the name of Jesus.
Learn those verses. Think about them daily. What a great treasure to hold in your heart!