10 January 2011

Hebrews 1:1-6

"In these last days, he has spoken to us by a Son." (v. 2)


Whoever wrote Hebrews, wrote a masterpiece. Sometimes it is hard going. Often the theology is intense and to understand a lot of the imagery you need several commentaries open around you. But at the same time, the sheer majesty and wonder of the text can pick us up and sweep us along without the commentaries and scholarship.

Here the author reminds us about an important characteristic of God - that God communicates with people. God isn't aloof, distant or silent, but speaks to us at many times and in many ways. It's important to remember this and to listen for that voice - in the words of a friend, or in the Bible, in a sermon or as part of quiet contemplation.

That communication comes to a climax in Jesus, God's son. Again, this emphasises God's willingness to engage with creation - becoming incarnate, a human being in the person of Jesus. Jesus himself is the exact representation of God's being - what God was the Word was, and that Word radiates the very glory of God into our world (John 1:14).

God's communication is not just hot air. God's conversation with us embodied in Jesus offers us purification and salvation - a setting free from all that holds us back. As the representation of God, and as a recognition of all that he has done for us, Jesus is given a place of honour, a place of worship - "Let all God's angels worship him" (verse 6).

To Ponder

In what ways have your heard the voice of God? How do you put yourself in a place to hear him?

What does Jesus mean to you? List the things which he has done for you, or what aspects of God are shown through him.


Bible notes author

The Revd Dr Pete Phillips

Pete Phillips is secretary to the Faith and Order Committee and research director for CODEC at St John's College, Durham. CODEC is exploring Christian communication in the digital age.