“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)
The epistle to the Hebrews is one of my favorite books of the New Testament. Hebrews presents Jesus Christ as being superior to any angel, priest, or institution of the old covenant. The superiority of Jesus is presented as the reason why the readers of the book should persevere in the faith and not abandon the great salvation that is available to them. Hebrews uses both warning passages (which exhort Christians to remain faithful) and expository passages (which exalt Jesus). Christ is exalted as angels, priests, Moses, the tabernacle and the sacrificial system are examined and shown to be inferior to Christ. Through that process the readers are reminded that it is futile to give up their faith in Christ. In the book of Hebrews the Old Testament is expounded through a knowledge of the revelation of Jesus Christ, and Jesus becomes the basis on which faithfulness is encouraged.
Hebrews particularly emphasizes that Jesus is a King and a Priest. While not receiving as much attention as those two offices, Jesus is also presented as a Prophet. The verses quoted above are the opening verses of Hebrews. The book begins with a mention of the prophets whom God has used to speak to his people, and the author points out that God has now spoken through his Son. As the prophets of old were used by God to speak to his people, so now Jesus declares God’s truth. I hope to soon write more about Jesus as King and Priest as presented in the book of Hebrews. In thinking of Jesus as King and Priest his actions receive primary attention, yet it must not be forgotten that as God’s Prophet his words are of equal significance to his actions.