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Hebrews 1 ~ Name Above All Names

on March 1, 2013

Hebrews is one of my favorite books of the Bible.  It shows the thread of Christ and the cross throughout the Old and New Testament.  Although the writer is unknown, I think that can be a huge benefit to the reader.  It emphasizes faith, while putting the true focus on Jesus Christ.  In fact, I just finished reading a book called Embracing Obscurity by an anonymous author, and I think it greatly aided my attention to the message instead of the messenger.  Based on the first verse it appears this letter was written by a Jewish man to the Jewish people.

Most scholars agree that Hebrews was written sometime between 60-70 A.D. during the reign of Nero.  This was a time of great and unjust persecution of Jewish people resulting in many imprisonments and wrongful deaths.  Peter and Paul were both martyred in Rome during this time.  

Hebrews 1:1-4  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, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.  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 the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

What is this inherited name?  Jesus!  Emmanuel!  God with us!  Savior! Messiah!  Christ!

We learn a lot about the supremacy of Jesus in this first chapter.  It goes on to show that Jesus is God and the fulfillment of seven Old Testament prophecies.  It tells us that Jesus is higher in rank than the angels which were created by Him to serve Him and to be sent out to minister to us.

We also see that Jesus is the Word!  John 1:1-3,14 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father full of grace and truth.”  God had always spoken to his people through his prophets, but when Jesus came he not only spoke to us the very words of God–audibly to those who would listen and eternally through His written Word–but was the Living Word!  That Word–Jesus–created the whole world with just words and upholds the whole universe by the power of His word.  Therefore all created things–namely everything–belongs to Him!

Jesus is Emmanuel–God with us!  His earthly life embodies the glory and nature of God.   Everything we see in Jesus shows us what God is like–full of grace, truth, compassion, righteousness, justice, mercy, love, salvation, etc…  In fact, Jesus Himself said, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)

Jesus is eternal and unchanging.  He sits on a throne forever ruling with justice.  Because He loves righteousness and hates what is evil; He is covered in, permeated with, and spreading the fragrance of joy!  I have personally experienced, too, that surpassing joy comes from loving what is right and hating what is evil.

The good news is that God has not been eternally on that throne, but that He stepped down, was born as a human and was given the name Jesus!  He made purification for sins and returned to His throne and SAT DOWN!  The roadway to reconciliation with God and salvation through faith in Jesus’ ability to forgive sins was complete!

Philippians 2:9-11 (Because of Christ’s humility, death and resurrection) “Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of JESUS every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Jesus–the most excellent and praiseworthy name–should evoke worship, honor and respect.

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