Who is Jesus?
Do you know who He really is?
Today’s passage from Hebrews starts off like a resume for Jesus.
Can you list out all the attributes of Jesus that is mentioned by the author of Hebrews?
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
Jesus was mentioned by God to the prophets of old. This is evident from the many prophecies concerning Him since the time of our ancestors Adam and Eve. He was not just mentioned once, or twice. Throughout history, we read of prophecies of Jesus … and every true Israelite have heard of this Saviour and was indeed waiting for His appearance.
2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
Now Jesus has come and spoken to the people. And He is also speaking to us today. He is the heir of God’s things. All of God’s things is His. And it is through Jesus that the world was made (now can anyone doubt that Jesus is God?)
3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Jesus is in the image of God and His glory. And through His Word, He has the power to not only sustain all life and everything in the universe, but He has now cleansed us of our sins. The author uses the word “purged”. This word is much more powerful as it gives the meaning that we are freed from an unwanted condition (sin). And Jesus now sits at the right hand of God in heaven!
4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
And it is clear that Jesus is exalted above the angels. He has a more excellent name because He is the Son of God.
The rest of the chapter continues telling us why He is above the angels…
5 For to which of the angels did He ever say:
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”?
“I will be to Him a Father,
And He shall be to Me a Son”?
Jesus is the SON of God. It is very clear.
6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:
“Let all the angels of God worship Him.”
Just to emphasize once again – Jesus is not only God’s Son but the First Born. And the angels are to worship Him (again a clear indication that Jesus is God – because we can only worship the One True God).
7 And of the angels He says:
“Who makes His angels spirits
And His ministers a flame of fire.”
8 But to the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Angels are ministering spirits but Jesus – He is to be King – forever and ever. And His is a kingdom of righteousness.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
Because Jesus loves righteousness just as God.
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
11 They will perish, but You remain;
And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not fail.”
Again the author repeats the fact that Jesus was there in the beginning of creation. And all of the universe’s handiwork is His. And even when they pass away, He will still remain. Because He was and is and is to come.
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Once again the status of Jesus is clearly made known. He is no mere man. Or an angel.
He is the One sitting at the right hand of God. He is the one that will triumph over the enemy.
He is the one that will bring salvation … and He sends the angels to help those who are to receive salvation.
After reading through today’s passage, do you know your Savior more?