God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. – Hebrews 1:1-3
In the movie Antz (1998), the entire story occurs in and around an ant hill in New York City’s Central Park. Quite oblivious to the larger world around them, a mosquito and a ladybug have a conversation:
Mosquito: What if, like, we’re just these tiny things… and we’re just, like, part of this whole other huge universe… that’s, like, so big we don’t even know it exists?
Ladybug: Man, that is so deep.
I’m like that mosquito and ladybug. So are you. If God is ALL-INFINITE in size, in power, and in knowledge (and I believe He is), how could I hope to know Him? If He spoke to me, how could I understand anything He said to me?
The core message of Hebrews 1:1-3 is this: God has spoken to us through His Son. The passage strikes me in several ways:
- God takes the initiative to speak to me. When dealing with tiny creatures like you and me, God must make the first move to communicate — and He has! In his classic work, Knowing God, J. I. Packer writes, “All my knowledge of Him depends on His sustained initiative in knowing me. I know Him, because He first knew me, and continues to know me.”
- God speaks clearly to me. The writer asserts that Jesus is the “express image” of God… an exact copy of His essence or being. By coming as a baby in Bethlehem, God chose to communicate with us in a form and a language we could understand.
- God does everything necessary to be intimate with me. The writer says that Jesus “purged our sins.” For the first readers who were Christians, He had cleansed their lives to such a degree, that the result was as if they had never sinned. Although God originally intended that we would live with Him and for Him (dependent on Him for direction and life), each of us was also infected by a hereditary predisposition of the heart to live for ourselves. Through His death on the cross, Jesus is able to wipe away every offense and obstacle to intimacy for those who yield their lives to Him. He also invites us on a journey of transformed desires and dreams flowing from a new heart.
He knows who I am. My name. My past. My heart. And He still wants me to know Him. It is equally true that He wants you to know Him through His Son, the One born in Bethlehem.
It’s a very clear message underlying the Christmas Revolution.