In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 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. 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.
In the greatest ironic reversal of history, God used the evil intent of the Jewish religious leaders to make his Son their King. He is no King of ours, they thought as they raised their hands against him that Good Friday, but far from eliminating him, they only secured his eternal kingship.
Jesus, born the promised Son (Isaiah 9:6) became God’s suffering servant (Isaiah 53) to provide purification for our sins. He died that day. A dead king cannot reign, so the Jewish religious leaders thought. But death is for sinners. Jesus had no sin and therefore held the power of an indestructible life! (Hebrews 7:16) Though he freely gave that life in payment for sins, death had no real power over him. Death, the fear and dread of humankind for all the ages, was publicly shamed that Sunday morning when Jesus easily shrugged it off the way a child casts aside an unwanted coat on a warm spring day. In a moment, death was undone and the hope of life broke forth with the dawn.
Having completed this work, Jesus returned to heaven and assumed his place of honor at God’s right hand (Psalm 110:1) where he waits and watches as God brings all things under his Kingly reign.
We’ve been asking, Who is Jesus? See him as he is: He is God’s eternal Son, Creator and Sustainer of all the universe. He is God incarnate. With his work on earth he has become God’s Heir, adding a new dimension to his sonship when he was “declared to be the Son of God with power” to save all who would believe on his name. (Romans 1:4) And now we see him “crowned with glory and honor” (Hebrews 2:9) and able to bring many other sons and daughters to glory. (Hebrews 2:10)
“Why should we gain from his reward?” the song asks. “I cannot give an answer. But this I know with all my heart, his wounds have paid my ransom.”
What more can God say? He sent Jesus as his prophet–the last and greatest word from God to his people. He sent him as priest–to offer his own life and blood in payment for our sins. He has made him the rightful King over all the ages. How can we ignore so great a salvation? (Hebrews 2:3)