The Greater Message

The writer of Hebrews warns us to pay even more attention to what we’ve heard so we don’t drift away.  What have we heard?  “God has spoken to us in His Son” (Heb. 1:2).  We must not drift from the Son, God’s message.

People were punished for rejecting the message of prophets and angels.  Yet God never said to any prophet or angel, “You are my Son” (Heb. 1:5).  God delights in Him (Matt. 3:17).  

When Jesus was transfigured before His disciples and stood with Moses and Elijah, God said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35).  God did not say, “Listen to all these messengers.” He singled out the Son and said, “listen to Him!”  After this, only Jesus was seen.  Moses and Elijah—figureheads of the law and the prophets—were gone.  They didn’t disappear because they were not God’s messengers.  They disappeared because the Son was always the fullness of their message.  In unison with God, the law and the prophets always pointed to the Son and said, “Listen to Him!”

Jesus is a greater messenger because He is the Son. In one of the parables, a vineyard owner sends servants to collect the grape harvest.  Those managing the vineyard mistreat them all.  Finally, the vineyard owner sends his son, thinking the managers will respect the son as if he were the vineyard owner himself.  The managers kill the son. 

This parable has many spiritual implications.  God is the vineyard owner, and the servants He sends at first are His prophets and messengers under the old covenant.  The Son in the parable, the one who was killed, is Jesus.  This parable shows that no matter how many messengers God sent before, His Son is the culmination of everything God wants to say; Jesus is God Himself bringing a message.  

The message in the Son is greater because He is the fullness of God’s communications to man.  The Son shows us God’s complete intention for people: many sons brought to glory (Heb. 2:10); many brought into the Son’s relationship with the Father. 

Jesus completed the purification for sins (Heb. 1:3).  Nothing stands between us and God; nothing prevents us from being sons as Jesus is Son.  In this relationship, we need no law; the Son does what He sees His Father doing (John 5:19).  Sons need no prophet.  God’s testimony is within (1 John 5:10).  

In the Son, God calls us beloved; He delights in us.  The Son is all God needs and all we need.  We must not drift from this message.

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