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 1:3-4, ESV.
God has spoken in these last days by His Son. That is the opening message in the book of Hebrews. Regardless of how you read the end-times prophecies of the Bible, it certainly feels like the last days. Thus, these are the days when we need to heed this word by God’s Son. His Son is the topic of verses 3-4.
First, He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature. Jesus is the perfect reflection of God’s glory and the true image of God. Jesus is what Adam was created to be and more. Jesus the perfect man is also the unstained image of God. He radiates the glory of God and has the very nature of God. Jesus is a man who can identify with us while remaining perfectly divine.
Second, he upholds the universe by the word of his power. It may seem, in days like these, that everything is unraveling, but the fact remains that Jesus is holding everything together. He does so with His word, reminding us of how through the word the universe was created and formed (Genesis 1). Therefore, what God has spoken by His Son is a word with all the power of creation behind it as He sustains that same creation.
Third, after making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Jesus paid the price for sins in full, rose from the grave, and ascended to the Father. He went to work on our behalf and dealt with our sin problem. We can know that He completed the task of purifying what sin had made impure because He sat down once the work was finished—He rested.
Fourth, and finally, 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. Jesus is the ruler over heaven and the angels (see Hebrews 1:5-17). The One who upholds the universe, including our little part of it, is the mighty king of heaven. He who holds the world together is the ruler over both the natural and the supernatural because He is the Son.
This is not just an exercise in praise. This is also a reminder of God’s last-days word to you. While the coronavirus world seeks answers in vaccines, antidotes, economic stimuli, social distancing, stay-at-home and back-to-work guidelines . . . while men and women around the world seek answers in food, entertainment, sex, money, and power . . . God has already spoken the word we need. It is a better and more powerful word. Man’s answers will fail and fade away. Jesus will do neither.
My prayer for you today is that you will see Jesus rightly and experience your Creator, Savior, Sustainer, and King as your anchor amid today’s storm.