Jesus > Angels. Jesus > Moses. Jesus > the Old Law.
Jesus > everything – except God, His Father.
Hebrews was written to convince its readers (mostly Jewish Christians) that there is none like Jesus. Some Jewish Christians were being ridiculed and persecuted and rejected by Jews (perhaps family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates) who did not accept Jesus as the Son of God, mediator, Savior, Coming King. In order to remain strong in their faith while surrounded by doubts and persecution and false doctrine they were in need of a refresher course on the superiority of Jesus, and why it matters. And, God supplied to them – and to us – the Book of Hebrews.
There is none like Jesus! No one can do the job he does. No one else can be the sinless Son of God who died for our sins and rose again. No one else can mediate between God and man. No one else can come again to set up God’s Kingdom on Earth. There is none like Jesus!
One verse in chapter one has grabbed my attention several times before. It begins, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory.” (1:3). Remember when Moses asked to be allowed to see God’s glory. (Exodus 33:18) And God allowed Moses to see God’s back – but not his face because no one can look on God’s face and live. And then, years later – Jesus enters the scene. He is not God Almighty, but he is God’s Son. Heeradiates God’s glory and so when people see Jesus – they know what God is like. They see God’s glory when they look at Jesus.
Sadly, there is a large chunk of the world today (as throughout history) who has never seen or acknowledged God’s glory. They have missed seeing God, and they have not seen His Son. It is time to get busy. We have a job to do. And I was reminded of that a few years ago when the public school principal commended our daughter for “Radiating Jesus”. What beautiful words to speak of another. What a goal to live for.
Jesus was radiating God – because frail humanity can’t look directly at the fullness of God’s goodness and majesty and live through it. Thank God for Jesus – who shows us God – better than Moses and the prophets and the Old Testament law and even angels ever could. We have seen Jesus through the pages of the gospel writers and now it is our job to radiate Jesus. For when we help them see Jesus, they will see God’s glory, too.