Today’s Reading: Hebrews 1:1-14
Billie Burke was a famous actress in years gone by. While enjoying a transatlantic ocean trip, she noticed that a gentleman at the next table was suffering from a bad head cold.
“Are you uncomfortable?” she asked. The man nodded.
“I’ll tell you just what to do about it.” She offered. “Go back to your stateroom and drink lots of orange juice. Take two aspirins. Cover yourself with all the blankets you can find. Sweat the cold out. I know just what I’m talking about. I’m Billie Burke from Hollywood.”
The man smiled “Thanks” he said, “and I’m Dr. Mayo from the Mayo Clinic.” Sometimes, it’s important to know who you are talking to… and sometimes it’s important to know who you’re talking about.
The writer of Hebrews thinks it’s important for us to know who we’re talking about when we talk about Jesus.
He starts out with a powerful introduction: “… in these last days (the Father) has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he (Jesus) had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:2-3
Throughout Hebrews we’re told how much better Jesus is.
- · He’s higher than angels
- · He’s better than any man that’s ever lived
- · He’s a greatest high priest than has ever served
- · He offers a better covenant than man has ever known and
- · He offers a better sacrifice than has ever been offered.
- Jesus is a better… than anything.
Billy Sunday once said: “There are 256 names in the Bible for the Lord Jesus Christ, and I suppose this was because He was infinitely beyond ALL that any one name could express.”
Why would that be important for us to know that Jesus was better than all this? Well, if we don’t realize how much better Jesus is, than anything we could possibly know, … something always will be better. Whether it is money, love, power, popularity – something will always edge Jesus out if He is not regarded as being the “best” that we could have.