In this sermon on Hebrews 2:1-4, we are challenged to remind ourselves who Jesus is and what he's done, so we can avoid drifting away from our faith.
How Communication Has Changed Over the Years
First we grunted at each other. Then we began to speak to each other. Then we developed symbols that represented our speech. Then we found ways of sharing our writing - stone, clay, papyrus, parchment and paper. Then came the printing press, and that changed everything! It ignited revolutions across the world and a major renaissance.
After that, nothing much happened in the realm of communication, for hundreds of years.
Until the telegraph arrived in 1837, followed by the first commercially successful typewriter in 1868. Then Alexander Graham Bell changed everything again. Then came the electric typewriter and cordless phones.
Then came the personal computer and the software to operate it and everything changed again. Then just a few years later came the internet and the World Wide Web and everything changed again. Then came the iPhone and it all changed again.
Once upon a time, to communicate with someone you had to be within shouting distance. Now you can tap a few keys and communicate with someone the other side of the world.
That, my friends, is a brief history of the communication changes we’ve seen. But we’ve missed one out:
The God Who Communicates
Psalm 19:1–4 ESV
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun,
God speaks. He communicates with us. He is the One who reveals himself to us.
God’s final word: his Son
1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 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 had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
Jesus made fully human
5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified:
‘What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
7 You made them a little[h] lower than the angels;
you crowned them with glory and honour
8 and put everything under their feet.’[i][j]
In putting everything under them,[k] God left nothing that is not subject to them.[l] Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.[m] 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.[n] 12 He says,
‘I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the assembly I will sing your praises.’[o]
God’s Communication in the Past
Hebrews 1:1 ESV
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
First of all, God called everything into existence. God continues to speak to us through creation. God is speaking to us. He wants to grab our attention. He has something to say.
The writer says that after creation, God continues to be creative. He chooses to speak through human representatives. He reminds his readers that God spoke through the readers’ fathers - their ancestors - and the prophets, his special spokespersons. These ancestors and prophets revealed all they had learned about God. God used them as his mouthpiece to deliver his message.
That’s why we can still trust their words today.
But God’s eloquence was never complete. The prophets spoke of the coming Messiah. He would come and reveal God more fully and initiate the Kingdom of heaven.
Jesus Christ: God’s Communication in the Present
Hebrews 1:2 ESV
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.
And now, says the writer of Hebrews, in these last days, Jesus Christ has come with astonishing eloquence, and everything’s changed! He is the ultimate speech of God, the Word made flesh.
What is the result of Jesus’ communication with us? We meet God the Father.
Don’t Drift Away
Hebrews 2:1 ESV
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
So what does this divine communication change mean for us? The writer encourages us to pay much closer attention to what we have heard.
How do we drift away?
- We can become careless our complacent in our devotion to Christ.
- We can fall back into the sinful habits we thought we’d beaten and left behind.
- We can compromise our morals, disobey Christ’s teaching.
- We may become inactive Christians, neglecting forms of Christian service.
Drifting away is easy. Paying close attention is more difficult.
As this sermon on hebrews 2:1-4 reminds us, God’s Word has come to us in a living, breathing human being, his Son. He can reinvigorate our vision of God. That is the great communication change God is longing to see from us.
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