Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 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. 3 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, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. Heb. 1:1-4
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8
In the long history of God interacting with his people, the writer of Hebrews tells us “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son”. As if to say all of that was one thing but now this is the new and better way for God to relate to us. He has given us his Son – an incarnation of God in the flesh of a human being. We have seen him, touched him, heard him and watched him live out this God life before our eyes. He is the perfect example. But, lest we think that he might just be a man God has sent as a prototype for humans, the writer is forceful in his description of him: heir of all things, creator of the world, the radiance of God’s glory and exact imprint of his nature. In other words God himself has dwelled among us.
Jesus – was a man in time but God for eternity. The One “who is, who was and who is to come”.
It is mind blowing for God to want to communicate with mankind at such a personal level. It is an interesting thought for him to send “some human droid” or “subordinate angel” to make contact with us. That would be the science fiction approach. The All Powerful would never leave the throne – the divide must be maintained for all to comprehend that God is not man, nor could he entertain them directly.
Wonderfully, that is not the nature of our God. He has no need to protect his position or his uniqueness. He relates to His creation directly, personally and lovingly because that is his heart on the matter. His plan is not to maintain a separation but to abolish it. He swings open the door to invite us home.
I think I’ll chew on that awhile.