“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom He also created the worlds. [Jesus] is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. When He had made purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,…” (Hebrews 1:1-3 NRSV)
The author of Hebrews presents a series of arguments for the superiority of Jesus over all rival claims to allegiance which the readers were feeling and hearing. Their attention was easily diverted off in other directions, just as our attention is easily distracted today. They, like us, were being tempted, frightened or pressured into following other voices and serving other masters.
Jesus’ superiority to the prophets is marked in six ways. First, He is the Son, and as such speaks with greater authority and completeness than the prophets… Second, the Son’s superior greatness to the prophets springs from His position as both creator and heir of all things… Third, the Son shares fully in the divine nature… Fourth, the Son is the master of the universe… Fifth, in sharp contrast to this image of universal power the Savior accomplishes the purification for sin through the agony and blood of the cross… Sixth, Jesus sat down at God’s right hand denoting the supreme honor accorded to the triumphant Lord, who is risen from the dead…
Clearly the world we live in today is one which desperately needs this redeemer.
-- adapted from Ray C. Stedman in Hebrews: The IVP New Testament Commentary Series