God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
– Hebrews 1:1-2
When the New Testament talks about Jesus of Nazareth, it’s saying that He is the fulfillment of all that was promised in the Old Testament. This is true of all 27 of the New Testament writings – including Paul’s letter to the Hebrews, the opening sentence of which is shown above.
In this sentence, we see reference to the writings we now call the Old Testament: “…He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways…” The 39 Old Testament writings were produced by prophets – men who spoke for God. The term “Old Testament” didn’t exist at the time that the New Testament documents were being written, but, just the same, that’s what Paul is referencing.
We also see in this sentence reference to the central focus on the New Testament writings: “…in these last days has spoken to us in His Son…” That is, the Son of God – Jesus of Nazareth – is the focal point of all God’s communications to the human race. Thus the New Testament is the capstone of the Bible. If the Bible was a spear, the New Testament would be its tip and Jesus would be the point of that tip.
Jesus is not just more important than Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, and the rest – He’s infinitely more important than them! It’s just that it takes their stories to understand His story.
As the last part of the sentence makes clear, Jesus is the Creator of all things. The way the Bible explains it is that God created the heavens and the earth through Christ. Note that Paul’s sentence also says that Jesus is “the heir of all things.” Thus God hands over the heavens and the earth to Him. What the Scriptures are pointing to is that God laid down His life as God…that He might take it up again as Messiah (Christ).
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, You laid down Your old life to take up a new life in order to show us how to do the same. Help me understand how to do that better today than I did yesterday…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)