Since 1973 two brothers, Jeff and Ron, have been exchanging the same birthday card for over 40 years. The original message in the card reads: “Don’t throw this card away… Recycle it to a friend!” The brothers only ever write their name and date the year each time they send it.
I still enjoy receiving letters and cards in the post. It is always so refreshing than the usual bills or junk-mail that gets passed through. Personal, hand-written notes show time and care. During this pandemic we have had to find old ways and new ways to communicate with one another. From letter writing, phone calls and even Zoom. After all, we are relational beings, created by the relational triune God.
Hebrews 1 begins by telling us that God is a communicating God. He speaks! He has spoken in the past, and he still speaks today. In different times and in various ways, in ordinary and in not so ordinary ways, we see in the Bible how God has spoken to his people. He spoke through the law of Moses (we will discover in Hebrews how that law pointed to Jesus). He spoke through prophets, who in turn spoke to the people on God’s behalf. He spoke through kings to guide and lead his people. He has used angels and donkeys and even writing on walls. But how does God speak to us today?
Today’s reading tells us that God has spoken to us by his Son. In one sense, this isn’t new. Jesus is the one through whom the universe was created! He is the one who has been from the beginning. And He is the conclusion to the story of the Old Testament. In another sense, God’s revelation through His Son is new. The gospel story makes clear all the ways that God spoke in the past as it finds its fulfillment in the birth, life, death and resurrection of the divine Son of God, Jesus.
There might be times in your life, especially during this time of isolation, that you desire to hear God speak. As you read of incredible stories of God speaking in the past, your heart yearns to hear God speak today. The good news of the Gospel is that God speaks through the revelation of His Son. Jesus is also called the Word of God (Jn 1:1-2). The whole Bible is His words to us. As you read it, meditate upon it and pray through it, you are hearing God speak. Hold tight to your Bibles in this time. Find comfort and hope in Jesus. As we read through Hebrews together, see how Jesus is greater than all things, and put your trust and hope in Him. He is speaking, will you listen?
- How is God speaking through His Son better than that of “Long ago?”
- Do you want to hear God speak? What can we learn from today’s passage that help us hear God speak?
Father God, thank you that you still speak today through Son Jesus, the Word of God. Help me listen and to obey as I continue to hear the voice of you Son as I read the Bible each day. Amen.