Wednesday, May 10
The last two blogs don’t tell the whole story. The capstone is Jesus Christ himself. Before the foundation of the world, the triune God planned the incarnation. Not only did the Son have to become man to pay man’s debt of sin, he would reveal God in a greater way than any of the O.T. prophets could. His three or more years of ministry prepared for the church age. The author of Hebrews speaks of this. He introduces the book by introducing Christ in Heb. 1:1. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways.” The “various ways” would also include the different ways that God spoke to man as described in the previous two blogs. Those “images” are impressive and effective, but they pale in contrast to Christ. Col. 1:15. “He is the image of the invisible God.” Heb. 1:1 continues with “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son . . .” The word “but” indicates a contrast. Christ was not just a prophet or a manifestation of God. He was God himself, As the God-man, he could commune with man without clouds or darkness, and without the threat of sudden death. Men could see God with impunity. Who could reveal God any better than God himself? Still, many did not recognize him as their Messiah. John says in John 1:11 “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” They saw him, but they just saw him as a man. He looked like a man, walked like a man, ate food like a man. They rejected his claim to be the Son of God despite the evidence.