Please turn to Hebrews 1:1-4. Hebrews is a book about persevering in faith. We often struggle with letting go of past forms of thinking that we had before we were Christians. Furthermore, we often give into current ideas that are floating around in the world or we set our hearts on current desires of this world instead of being transformed by the renewing of our mind according to Scripture. These experiences stunt our growth, and they rob us of the joy, satisfaction, security and the blessing of the Christian life. The author of Hebrews reminds us of these various challenges to the Christian faith, and he points us to the one sure foundation and to the only source of power for vital Christianity. Throughout the letter to the Hebrews, the author points us to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. This passage can easily be divided into two sections. First, in verses 1-2, the author reminds us that Jesus is God’s final word to us. Then, in verses 2-4, the author emphasizes that Jesus is the divine Son of God.   

 I. Jesus is God’s final word. 

In Hebrews 1:1-2, we see that Jesus, the Son of God, is God's final word. In these verses, the authors says, “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.” The author of Hebrews is emphasizing that Jesus is God's final word to us and that there is no word beyond or better than Jesus that God has spoken or will speak to His people. Jesus is the final word. Think of the significance of that truth in this context. The author is speaking to Hebrew Christians from a Jewish background, and they had received true and clear revelation of God from the prophets in various times and in various ways. But in contrast to that, the author of Hebrews says that now God has spoken to you by His own Son, not just His servants, the prophets, but by His Son's person, His Son's works, and His Son's words. The author of this epistle is communicating to his readers that there is never going to be a superior or a better revelation from God than the revelation that He is giving to you in His Son. The author of Hebrews is claiming that you, dear Christian, have a clearer and fuller revelation of God in Jesus in the Gospel than any of the greatest Old Testament saints. You have received a fuller revelation of God in Jesus than Moses, Abraham, or David had in their lives. What a blessing and what a privilege! What an accountability, that we have been given that full revelation of God to us in Jesus. It calls upon us to believe in Jesus for our salvation. The author of Hebrews is reminding us of the beautiful truth that Jesus is God's final word to us.

II. Jesus is the divine Son. 

In Hebrews 1:2-4, we see that the Jesus in the Gospel and the Jesus that the author writes about in the Book of Hebrews is the divine Son of God. The author of this epistle wants you to get an idea of the greatness of Jesus. He wants you to get an idea of what it means to say that Jesus is God's Son and that He is fully divine. Specifically, the author says seven important things about the person and work of Jesus Christ. First, in verse 2, he says that Jesus is the heir of all things.  This truth brings up important questions. If Jesus is the heir of all things, how are you going to participate in His inheritance? Only if you are related to Him. If Jesus is the heir of all things, and if, in the end, everything is coming to Him, how are you going to share in the inheritance? Only if you are united to Him by faith. You have to be united to Jesus by faith because He is the heir of everything. That is the first thing that the author of Hebrews says about Jesus.

Second, in verse 2, the author emphasizes that Jesus is the one through whom God made the world. Faithful Hebrews understood that God was the maker of heaven and earth. When the author of Hebrews tells you that Jesus is the one through whom God created the world, he is telling you that Jesus is God. Understanding that someone is the author of a work is designed to raise your esteem of that person so that you will give them due reverence for what they have created. Knowing that Jesus is the author, the creator of everything, should raise our esteem for Him, and that is precisely what the author of Hebrews is doing in this letter.

Third, in verse 3, the author of Hebrews says that Jesus is “the radiance of the glory of God.” The Son is the revelation of the glory of God, so that if you want to know the glory of God, you look at the Son. Fourth, he also says that Jesus is the exact imprint of God’s nature in verse 3. If you take a seal and you dip it in wax and you stamp something and you pull it up, the representation that is left is a mirror image of the seal. And the author of Hebrews is saying that Jesus is the exact representation of God. An archbishop of Canterbury once said, “There is in God no un-Christlikeness at all.” That is a beautiful way of saying that Jesus exactly represents to us what God is like because He is God in the flesh. 

Fifth, the author of Hebrews says that Jesus, “upholds the universe by the word of his power” in verse 3. Jesus is the upholder of all things by the word of His power. In their mythology, the Greeks had Atlas holding up the earth, but the author of Hebrews is saying that Jesus not only upholds the world, He moves it towards its ultimate end and destiny. Christ is the providential upholder of all things. Sixth, the author says that Jesus has completed the work of purification. He is telling you that Jesus is the one who has dealt with your sins for you so that you can have forgiveness and so you can have a clear conscience. Seventh and last, the author of Hebrews says that Jesus “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs” in verses 3-4. But Jesus is not just there in heaven receiving honor, He is actively interceding for His people. The author of Hebrews is reminding us that Jesus is actively interceding for us in heaven. In Jesus are all the blessings of God from whom all blessings flow. May we glorify the triune God and give Him all the praise and honor due His name.