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He Has Spoken to Us By His Son

Day 23

Today's Reading: Hebrews 1

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4)

This passage is a powerful summary of who Jesus is and what Jesus came to do. He is God’s final word, the One all the prophets in the Old Testament were looking forward to. In this advent season, a season marked by anticipation, we ponder the Old Testament passages that the author of Hebrews speaks about. The promise of a Savior is first seen all the way back in Genesis 3:15, when God promised to crush the head of the serpent through the seed of the woman. Though Adam and Eve sinned, God made known His plan to redeem them. The rest of the Old Testament anticipates the fulfillment of this promised plan of redemption.

Amid sin, ruin, and exile, prophets like Isaiah encouraged the people of God by telling of a Messiah who would come to rule and reign forever. However, after the prophecy of Malachi, there were four hundred years of silence. Then, at just the right time, God sent His Son. The One who is “the radiance of the glory of God,” the sovereign King who upholds the universe “by the word of his power,” came to us.

Jesus came and accomplished our redemption, or as the author of Hebrews puts it, He made “purification for sins.” Through His work on the cross, Christ delivered us from sin, self, and the wrath of God, and then He “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” His work was finished.

As we celebrate Christ and all that He accomplished at His first coming, we also look forward to His second advent. We anticipate the day when the One seated at the right hand of the Father comes again to bring His church into the presence of God for all eternity.

PRAYING IN LIGHT OF TODAY’S PASSAGE

Thank God for keeping His promises of redemption by sending His Son for our salvation.

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