After finishing a very full study of Isaiah I asked my wise huband where he thought I should camp out next. Without a hesitation he said "Hebrews." His reason was that it is so Christocentric - so full of Jesus. So here I am and clearly, here HE is and oh! is He not glorious?!
Right off the bat we see, from the words of the apostle, that Christ is the fullness of revelation. He is the apex of the Word and of creation. He is the center of redemptive history and honestly all of history - hence BC/AD - the birth of Christ split time in two!
He is the living Word become the final word. Christ is "the most excellent Messenger that was ever sent into the world." (Matthew Henry) We would do well to listen to Him! Who else's voice need we to hear now that He has spoken? "In these last days He has spoken to us in His Son."
Several truths about Christ are revealed in the opening words of this grand epistle.
It's all about Christ. Everything revolves around Him. He is the heir of everything. Is your life humbly submitted to Him? He owns it whether you want Him to or not. Is it not much better and much wiser to be a bond-servant of the mercies of Christ than a rightful recipient of the justice of Christ? He will inherit you either way - either as an object of mercy or as an object of wrath. May we flee to the Heir of all things knowing that in so doing we shall receive an inheritance from Him that is "imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you." (1 Pe 1:4)
2) The world was made through Him. "Through whom also He made the world."
Colossians points us to this same truth: "For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created by Him and for Him." (Col 1:16)
4) He is the Sovereign Sustainer of the universe. He "upholds all things by the word of His power."
The same Christ who spoke all that is into being -simply by the power of His word- sustains all that is simply by the word of His power. I quickly run out of steam trying to hold my little 3 bedroom corner of the world together in my own strength. Yet Christ reigns over ALL the universe and every detail of it with just a word - and He never grows weary! What a powerful, almighty, magnificent God He is! May we find our strength in Him for it is made perfect in our weakness!
Jesus Christ who is God incarnate, the heir of all things, the creator and sustainer of all, this most excellent and most glorious One is not only great but gracious. He who made life physical grants to us life spiritual through His own blood.
Matthew Henry writes: "From the glory of the person of Christ He proceeds to mention the glory of the grace of Christ. The sufferings of Christ had this great honor in them, to be a full satisfaction for the sins of His people. By Himself He purged away our sins. He has made atonement for sin. Himself, the glory of His person and nature, gave to His suffering such merit as was a sufficient reparation of honor to God, who has suffered injury and affront by the sins of men."
Do you know this all great and glorious Christ? If not, how I hope and pray that you will pause to examine the book of Hebrews, this wonderfully Christocentric book, and that He will leap out from its pages in all of His splendor and majesty and aprehend your heart.