Jesus – The Supreme Prophet, Part 2

 Hebrews 1:1-4

Our call to worship (Ps. 117): a call to all peoples to praise the Lord. Message of the angel to shepherds: Luke 2:10“I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” That message of joy was embodied in a little baby, God in flesh, sent to live and die and rise again for his people, people from all nations.

“The Holy Spirit takes up one object after another, holds each one up as it were in the presence of the all-excellent “Son,” and as He does so, their glory is eclipsed, and the Lord Jesus is “found alone.” The prophets, the angels, Moses, Joshua, the Levitical priesthood, the Old Testament men of faith, each come into view; each is compared with Christ, and each, in turn, fades away before His greater glory.” Pink

“The whole revelation and manifestation of God is now in Christ; He alone reveals the Father’s heart. It is not only that Christ declared or delivered God’s message, but that He himself was and is God’s message. All that God has to say to us is in His Son: all His thoughts, counsels, promises, gifts, are to be found in the Lord Jesus.” A W Pink

Does not mean Old and New Testament are irrelevant and all we need is Jesus. Old and New Testament are where we find Jesus. If we don’t keep coming back to Jesus as the one God promised, the one who saves, the one who meets our needs and gives us hope, will miss the whole point of God’s “thoughts, counsels, promises”. Apart from Jesus we will receive none of God’s gifts.

Lest you find continual preaching about Christ boring, it was the message of the early church: Acts 5:42And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.” Truth be told, regardless of what people desire or think or feel they need, their greatest true need is for Jesus.

B. Jesus has revealed v.2a, 3a

final revealer – end of the line (no Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Benny Hinn)

every other prophet spoke of someone else, never of themselves; last of the prophets, John the Baptist, careful to make it explicit

“I am not the Messiah” (John 1:20) “One mightier than I is coming” (Luke 3:16)

when One of whom everyone speaks finally appears, speaks of himself, represents the climax of revelation

think of it like a mountain climber – once you’ve stood on the summit of Mt Everest, what other mountain has appeal?

full revealer – nothing left to add, no further revelation

if primary purpose of God’s revelation is to disclose truth about God, then God shows up, what’s left?

shepherds experienced God’s glory – “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.” (Luke 2:9) – but was only temporary, left with the angels

even transfer glow on Moses face, more profound than the shepherds, faded in time (2 Cor. 3:13)

radiance of God’s glory

prophets talked about God’s glory: Moses begged to see it (Ex. 33:18), was refused; Daniel saw in a vision, was totally overcome by it (Dan. 10:8)

look closely at what v.3 says: “who being the brightness of His glory”, not “who having his glory”

Peter, James, John saw that glory on mount of transfiguration; John wrote about it John 1:14 “we beheld his glory”

exact representation of God’s essence – if God were to do all necessary so mankind could see God, would look like Jesus

no greater prophet – God revealing God in Jesus fully and finally

if Jesus lived up to his billing, could be no greater prophet: ““Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matt. 1:23)

was God himself, veiled in flesh who appeared and spoke his Father’s message – not simply God’s message

wasn’t “thus says the Lord”, was “I must be about My Father‘s business” (Luke 2:49); “I have come in My Father‘s name” (John 5:43) “I speak what I have seen with My Father” (John 8:38) “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30)

not simply another prophet in long line; was the Son, the perfect representation of God, sent to reveal the Father to his people

C. Jesus has received a name v.2b, 4b

heir of all things – including his name: God’s son; our inheritance, then, is in Christ…alone

Jesus is the heir – the natural Son, we are heirs by adoption and joint-heirs with Jesus; our inheritance dependent on and distributed through Jesus

name stands for who he is

way more than a label, the way we use it; represents the person, their character and activity; to call upon person’s name = calling upon the person

Joel 2:32​And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.”

a character, a rank, a title, a preference superior to all others

Jesus is the Son, prophets and angels are servants; declared to be so by God – The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. (Psalm 2:7)

name not only superior to angels, is superior to all Phil. 2:9-11

“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.”

D. Jesus has redeemed v.3c

“What was the announcement from Heaven as soon as the Son was revealed? “Unto you is born”—what? Not a “Judge,” or even a “Teacher,” but “a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luk 2:11). There we have the heart of God revealed.” A W Pink

were strict limits to what other prophets could do

could declare by word and act how God’s people were disobeying him – could not change their behavior

could show by word and deed how God’s people should obey him – could not bring them into compliance

only Jesus could change men’s hearts – didn’t just show and tell; he accomplished all necessary to reconcile sinful men, women, boys, girls to a holy God

final act of purification – he was both priest and sacrifice: offered himself

“by Himself” = alone, no other contributor to sacrifice; “himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree” (1 Pet. 2:24)

only priest in all of human history that needs no purification for himself – is qualified on his own merit to offer sacrifice for others

completed act, not theoretical possibility

Acts 20:28“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”

as regards our redemption: Jesus wasn’t playing the lottery or “wheel of fortune”; “I expect to have what I purchase; and Christ will have what he bought with his own blood; especially as he lives again to claim his purchase.” CHS

Matt. 1:21 – “he will save his people”; John 19:30 “it is finished”; “he sat down”

no other prophet-priest offered himself or sat down after offering sacrifice; their work wasn’t done, Jesus’ work was

E. Jesus is ruling v.3b, d

is sustaining his creation – is why things hold together

given nature of “heaven and earth” as created and effects of sin on humanity, everything would come apart in a chaotic mess if Jesus turned off his power

not only living things that are dependent on God, everything is dependent on Jesus’ sustaining so it continues to exist and function

is seated in the place of honor and authority

his ascension was his coronation march – had been crowned, declared King, given all authority, then ascended to throne

no other prophet has such an exalted throne and authority

every other prophet except Elijah is buried somewhere; his departure in a fiery chariot not an ascension to a throne

no other prophet sent by God to the nations – to his people, but not the nations

only Jesus revealed God to the world, demonstrated God’s love to the world, brings hope and deliverance to the world

Shepherds were told: go look in the manger, that’s where you’ll find the Savior. The Prophet foretold by the prophets had arrived: “‘I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.” Deut. 18:18 Yes, he walked the earth for 33 years, no longer here. He left an indelible mark on the world, leaves an indelible mark on every heart where he makes his home and establishes his throne.

Do you want to see God? Look no farther than the Lord Jesus, look only at him as revealed in his Word by his Spirit. Do you want to know God? Know his Son; if you know the Son, you know the Father. The psalmist gives us the invitation: “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8) But here’s the deal – a taste is never enough! And here’s the rest of the story: “He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (Psalm 107:9)

In conversation with Muslim Thursday; was genuinely distressed over lack of peace in the world, disturbed by bloodshed in name of Allah, confused over how rational people could act that way. He was bothered by bad behavior in this country, too. Reminded him someone came who can change people, take away their thirst for blood. In fact, one of his names: Prince of Peace, we call him Jesus! When you hear those bells on Christmas Day, pray for those who do not have peace. Thank God he is not dead, praise him for his Son the Lord Jesus, give him thanks for the peace God has brought to your heart.

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