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.
Hebrews 1:1-2 (ESV)
Jesus is greater! This is the main topic of the whole book of Hebrews and already in the introductory verses. V1 and 2 highlight that He is greater than the prophets. God, who loves to communicate with His people, decided to speak in two phases. In phase 1 He spoke by the prophets and only in fragments. To one prophet God revealed one part of His plan of salvation, to another, a second part and so on. None of the prophets knew anything on their own. God had to reveal every bit to them. Phase 2 is very different: God has spoken by or literally in His Son. The Son is not just a better prophet. HE is so familiar with the thoughts of His Father and all heavenly matters, that HE Himself is the Revealer of truth! And in Christ God revealed His whole plan of salvation. God’s speaking in the person of His Son Jesus is without parallel! And you cannot beat it! There is no need for any phase 3 in God’s speaking to man. The Bible is complete!
Jesus is superior! V2 and 3 contain seven short sentences that proof His sublimity! In this part we look at the first two of them. They highlight His superior position.
Jesus Christ is appointed heir of all things! HE is heir of the whole universe! The day He returns, He will take possession of His heritage. Then all land, buildings and bank accounts will be His! Then everyone and everything will be under His control: people and governments, IS and the climate, bacteria and viruses, death and demons! That’s why Paul is so sure, that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39). Because Christ is appointed heir of all things, He will even bring your greatest needs and pains to a good end.
Through Jesus Christ, God created the world! Because Christ created the world, His wisdom and power are incredible! He is just as wise and mighty as the Father! He truly is greater than everyone else (the only exception being the Father)!
Believing in Jesus Christ as creator and heir of all things, we do not need to worry about the present condition of the world. Even if the future holds more unrest and anxiety than we see at present, the children of God can still be calm. Our Lord has everything under His control! He will come back and reign over the world. The date has already been set!
The world looks at problems and is afraid.
The church looks at Christ and is at ease!