His Glory Speaks –
Hebrews 1:1-3 1In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Through this passage, the writer of Hebrews is teaching us three things:
1) Glory speaks to His awesomeness
2) Glory speaks to God’s character
3) Glory speaks to His depth
First, a little background. The writer of Hebrews (likely Paul) was writing to the second-generation Christians. Most of these Christians were serving faithfully and being persecuted to the fullest degree. A common theme amongst this group was that many were being distracted by false teaching. They were being distracted because their Christian lives were in a standstill; their faith was dull, stagnant. Therefore, Paul writes this letter to show the glory of God in all His splendor. We need the glory of God because it allows us to hear from Him.
God is not silent. He has not forgotten about His people despite what we may have done. The first thing that Paul writes about is that God speaks of His own awesomeness. He uses three words to describe this: made/created, revelatory and heir. A lot of times, Christians believe that they need to “do” something for God. The reality is that He does not need us to “do” anything to prove His awesomeness. God created all things. He was, is and will continue to be awesome despite us. Look at all that you have through Jesus! Without Jesus, we are nothing. We need to stand in awe of Him because of all that He has done for us. For He alone is worthy!
God’s character is revealed as well. He wants our eyes, heart and ears open to Him. Matthew 11:29 asks that we “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” God is not asking anything that He did not ask His son to do. Jesus was obedient, even to death on the cross. God’s character is consistent, we must learn from it and follow its commands and precepts. The glory of God’s character is for you because you are in His heart.
There is nothing shallow about Jesus. He is vast and great; His depth is beyond our own understanding. God created the universe. Nothing is too great for Him. The depth of His love for you, a sinner, knows no bounds. The God who holds the universe together can surely keep you together. Think about that. God holds all things together, not you or anything you could do. Your job is not to try to become like God (that’s never going to happen), your job is to let Him rule your heart, mind and soul for His glory! Jesus was glorified by doing the job His father set Him out to do and as a result, He was able to sit at the right-hand of His father. We need to follow Jesus’ lead.
To view the service & listen to the full sermon by Pastor Armand on 5/24/20 click here: His Glory Speaks