Wednesday Morning: 05 Jun 2019 – Hebrews 1:1-14 ~ Jesus is God’s Last Word!

Wednesday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Grace – Wednesday)

O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day: Defend us by your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin nor run into any danger; and that guided by your Spirit, we may do what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Hebrews 1:1-14(NLT)

Jesus Christ Is God’s Son

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.

The Son Is Greater Than the Angels

For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus:

“You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.”

God also said,

“I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.”

And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said,

“Let all of God’s angels worship him.”

Regarding the angels, he says,

“He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire.”

But to the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”

He also says to the Son,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will live forever.”

And God never said to any of the angels,

“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.”

Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.
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Morning Reflection:

Jesus is God’s Last Word

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.
And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son
. – Hebrews 1:1-2a

Background:  Most likely written before the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD by an unidentified apostle (or close associate) to Jewish believers living outside of Israel. The author’s purpose is to urge these Jewish believers to persevere in their faith rather than turning from Christianity and returning to Judaism.

The Superiority of Christ: Today’s reading establishes that –

+ Jesus Christ is God’s final revelation – superior to all who have gone before Him.
+ Jesus Christ is the heir of all things – all things are under His authority.
+ Jesus Christ is the agent of God’s creation – God made everything through Him.
+ Jesus Christ is the radiance of God’s glory – as revealed in His transfiguration.
+ Jesus Christ is the exact representation of God’s nature – God’s duplicate in human form.
+ Jesus Christ upholds all things by the word of His power – His word is the greatest force in the universe
+ Jesus Christ made purification of sin – by His self-sacrifice as a sin offering on the Cross and by His work as the ultimate priest.
+ Jesus Christ sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high – after His ascension, Jesus now sits ruling at the Father’s right hand in heaven.
+ Jesus Christ is superior to any other of God’s messengers, even the angels.

Questions for consideration: Hebrews Chapter One give us a lot to think about.

  • Which of the statements about Jesus is a new idea for you? Please explain.
  • Which of the statements about Jesus is an encouragement to you? Please explain.
  • Which of the statements about Jesus challenges you? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that Jesus’ Word is the greatest force in the universe? What does that mean for you in your everyday life? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer: 

Life Support Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, in you we have a living hope: Reveal yourself to those for whom life seems overwhelming and have become weary of waiting for an answer. Stir their hearts to a lively resurrection of hope that cannot be put down. And, empower and equip believers to reflect your welcome, love, and care to all they meet who may tend toward despair. I ask this for your Name’s sake. Amen.

My Prayer:

Almighty Lord God: Thank you for revealing yourself to us through your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ –

+ Who made all things and has authority over all things….
+ Who holds everything together through the power of His Word….
+ Who shows us who you are in a form we can understand….
+ Who radiates your glory to us and through us….
+ Who sacrificed His life for our sins….
+ Who was raised from the dead and now sits at your right hand….
+ Who will come in glory to judge the living and the dead….
+ Whose Kingdom will have no end….

Oh the wonder of it all, we can hardly take it all in. Give us wisdom and understanding as we read through the Book of Hebrews, that our lives might be transformed by the power of your Word, and that we might love and serve you with greater faith and perseverance than ever before. I ask this in Jesus’ name, and for your glory. Amen.
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“The Ascension” – Phil Wickham

This is the start of something amazing
A moment when heaven touches earth
Here in our hearts, Lord we are waiting
For something that’s far beyond what we have seen or heard

Let us start the ascension
Let’s begin the climb
Up this holy mountain
Where Your glory shines
Further up, further in
Just to be with You again
Let us start the ascension

We’re fixing our eyes on glory and fire
Your name is branded on our hearts
You are the source of all we desire
Nothing can hold us back, we’re running to where You are

We run to Your light
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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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