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.
If there are two more potent sentences in Scripture, I'd love for someone to point them out.
Hebrews is an astounding book. It is only right that it should start this way.
If you are familiar with these opening verses, I ask you to go back and re-read them. Slowly. Allow your eyes to linger on the majesty of these divine words. Read deliberately, soaking in the sound of God-breathed wonder. Read them aloud. Don't rush. Listen to the sound of your own voice as it echoes thunder from the throne of Heaven.
These are profound words. In his book, A Godward Life: Savoring the Supremacy of God in All of Life, John Piper says, "Books don't change people; paragraphs do, sometimes even sentences." The opening verses of Hebrews are those type of sentences.
If for some reason you're not familiar with these verses, stop and consider. Read and think and pray and meditate over these life-altering truths. Consider for a moment the magnitude of the God who has spoken. Of course, God has always been speaking, but before now, it had always been through an intermediary—spokespeople, like the prophets.
But now—what a wonder—God speaks himself!
Jesus—the heir of all things, creator and sustainer of everything we know or are even yet to discover—this Jesus enters our world and speaks! If you can try to wrap your mind around what the blazing radiance of God's glory might look like, you would, in fact, be setting your eyes on Jesus. And as you gaze at his wonder, you may hear his words come to you, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father (John 14:9), or as we read it here, 'He is the exact imprint of [God's] nature'.
His spoken word is no trifling matter. The word of his power upholds the universe! Stars and planets, molecules and atoms, all hold their position and stay their course for the sole reason that God has spoken.
If you have been given the mantle of a preacher of this word, you ought to tremble each and every time you stand and proclaim. If it has been given for you to speak, then open your Bible and speak as though you are speaking the very words of God (1 Peter 4:11)—because you are!
If it has been given to you to receive the Word, whether that be through hearing it spoken, or by quiet meditation over it, receive it knowing that it comes from the very mouth of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
God has spoken!
What will you do now?