As a short introductory reminder, the writer is not describing Jesus just for the sake of description, but is making his plea and his case to keep this Christian congregation(s) of Jews from leaving the fold and returning to what they think is not only less persecution, but also “isn’t Temple Judaism just as good as following Jesus?”
3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
- So we have more descriptions
- Radiance – Moses just glowed for a few days
- He is the wisdom and the glory of the Father.
- The exact imprint – 1 Col 1:15
- He is the exact representation of his nature and of his character.
- The sustainer of all things – He holds the universe together. Let’s hope Jesus doesn’t sneeze. Col 1:17
- Jesus, by the word of his power is the Lord of creation and history.
- He directs everything so that it reaches its final goal.
- He is superior to the priests
- After purifying all things of sin – he sits down
- The priests had to make their sacrifices continually.
- Having completed his work – It is finished!!!
- He sits at the right hand of God
- Sitting at God’s right hand (God does not have a Right Hand) = Possessing the authority of God
- Col 3:1 – “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
- Superior to the angels – because of who he is
- But why the comparison to angels? Who brought messages from God? Angels did and Jesus did.
- The writer must make the distinction.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?
- First is quoted from Psalm 2:7
- Has any angel ever been called God’s son? Sometimes called sons of God.
- The same heavenly benediction is pronounced on Jesus at his baptism – Mark 1:9-11 – ““In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.
- And again at the Transfiguration – Mark 9:7-8 ““And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ”This is my beloved Son, listen to him.” 8 And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.”
Second quote is from 2 Sam 7:14 – “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men,”
- Nathan assures that through David, He will build a Temple (through Solomon) – but not just any Temple, but one where the Throne will endure forever.
- Luke 1:32 – The angel Gabriel says about Mary’s son – “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,”
- Matt 12:6 – “I tell you, something greater than the temple is here.”
- John 2:19-21 – “Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body.”
So, to end this section, let’s review and wrap up and look forward to the remainder of chapter 1.
- The end game – Jesus is better (superior is the key word – 13 times).
- Why go back to something less?
- The Temple is less
- Animal sacrifice is less
- The priesthood is less
- Caesar worship is less
- God has spoken – the people know this.
- Jesus Christ is his Son
- Jesus is superior to all created things
- Jesus has completed the work of redemption for all mankind.
- It is finished – he has sat down.