#DailyDevotion The Best Christmas Present
Hebrews 1 At many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers long ago by the prophets, 2but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He made the heir of everything and by Whom He made the world. 3He Who shines with God’s glory and is the Expression of His Being sustains everything by His mighty Word. He made a cleansing from sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven, 4and is as much superior than angels as the name He has is better than theirs. 5To which of the angels did God ever say: You are My Son, today I have begotten You? Or again: I will be His Father, and He will be My Son? 6And when He again will bring the firstborn Son into the world, He says: All of God’s angels should worship Him.
What a great Christmas text for it tells us of the gift of God’s Son to us. It tells us while God used to speak to us through the prophets, now, in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. Yes, the Father sent his Son into the world, to take on our human flesh and to speak and teach to us God’s will and love towards us. But now we have the Word of God in the flesh speaking directly to us with our words so our ears can hear and believe.
It magnifies Jesus for who he truly is. Jesus is the heir of everything. That which belongs to the Father, is now Jesus’ in the flesh. Before he was made flesh it was by the Son the Father made the world, the cosmos and everything in it. Now in the flesh, Jesus takes up what the first man lost by his sin and he takes dominion over everything. This Jesus Christ of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, the son of Mary is the “Expression of His Being.” That is to say, if you want to know what God the Father is like, you need only look to Jesus who shines forth the exact character of his Father in heaven. Not only was everything made through Jesus, but Jesus sustains everything by his almighty word.
Jesus made a cleansing from our sins. Yes, in this body of flesh which he received from his mother Mary, Jesus offered up himself on the cross to cleanse us from our sins. Indeed, your sins have been cleansed and you have been made clean by the blood of Christ, when you were baptized into his name and believed in him and his work. Having died and rose again, Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in Heaven, where he lives and reigns forever.
As such, Jesus is much better than any of the angels, or patriarchs or even Moses. While Jesus is from eternity the Son of God, as the Man, the Father now also speaks to him, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You.” The Father has fulfilled the promise he made to his servant, King David, when he told him his descendent he would be a Father to and he would be his son. So the Son of God and the Son of Man, who are the same person, are declared to be the Father’s Son. To this son God tells all his angels to worship him. But that’s not all. Having been cleansed of our sins through baptism, that which is Christ according to the flesh is ours also. So the Father also has made us heirs of all things with Christ. He is conforming us into His image and likeness and fulfills that at the resurrection. He has declared us to be his sons (yes you women also) and exalted us to the place of his Son Jesus. Can you think of a better Christmas gift than that? I think not.
Heavenly Father, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to speak to us and to cleanse us from sins by his blood. You have made us one with him and with him have given us all good things. Preserve us in this faith until the final revelation of Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.