The Final Word

Luke 9:28-35 ESV

Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV

He spoke the Incarnation and then so was born the Son.
His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way Divine.
And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine.

The Final Word by Michael Card

One of Michael Cards best Advent songs is The Final Word.  I copied the chorus above.  The rest of the lyrics can be read here.   

This simple chorus, has profound implications.  Card certainly does not mean that God the Father is now silent, but all that He needed to say was said in Jesus.  Nothing more was necessary to say.   The author of Hebrews says in the second verse of the first chapter that God the Father now speaks through His Son.  God is pointing us to Jesus. 

The last time we have recorded for us in Scripture that God audibly spoke to human beings is found in Luke chapter 9.  Jesus had taken Peter, James and John up a mountain.  Jesus was seen speaking with Moses and Elijah.  Peter, always the one to speak first and think later, blurted out something about making tents to honor Jesus, Moses and Elijah.  God interrupts Peters foolishness by saying in verse 35 “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”

God placed His authority, confidence, and power in Jesus.  He placed all of Himself into His own Son.  In instructing the disciples to listen to Jesus, the Father made it clear that Jesus was the Chosen Redeemer.  Interestingly, Jesus continues to remind us that He receives all of His power and authority from the Father.

Lest we think that God the Father is now silent, the author of Hebrews reminds us in chapter one that “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.”    He appointed His Son Redeemer, and heir to a glorious Kingdom. This Kingdom is populated by beggars, thieves, and fools, like you, and me, these Jesus purchased redemption for. 

Nearly 2000 years ago, the Kingdom came to us, because we could never go to the Kingdom ourselves.  The Father spoke our redemption.  The Son came as that redemption.  Jesus brought His Kingdom to us, as he lay in Mary’s arms.  He secured our citizenship in His Kingdom. 

It is because of this, we celebrate Christmas.  Those whom the Father gave the Son, celebrate that undeserved Final Word that came and dwelt among us.  Our redemption was spoken, in the person of Jesus.

God has spoken.  He did not stutter, scream, yell, or or otherwise raise His voice.  He did not squeak like a church mouse.  He spoke clearly.  He left no room for  discussion, or wondering.  His words were actually quite simple, yet the implications, profound.  

May the Hope that resided in a stable manger, point us to the cross and an empty tomb, where our freedom was won, as we expectantly await the consummation of the Gospel when He returns.  Merry Christmas

Paul C. Quillman

All Things New

Christmas is here. This is the day that we spend a month, and tons of cash (or credit) getting ready for. Over the next few days, remember that Christmas is about the faithfulness of God. It is about His overarching commitment to Shalom the hearts if those He calls to Himself.

God created the universe in 6 days, and rested on the 7th. He declared creation to be very good. Placing man in an amazing garden, He gave man dominion over it. His only commands were to tend the garden, and to not eat from the tree of Knowledge. While in the garden, Adam sinned, and Adams’ sin made way for eves sin.

Romans 5: 5 indicates that through one man, Adam, sin entered the world. Everything that was good was marred. Everything. The fall of man was so complete that man was rendered incapable and unwilling to reconcile himself to God.

But God would not leave us in our fallen state. He promises that there would be One who would crush the head of the serpent. (Gen 3:15) God promised to make a way for His people to be reconciled to Himself. He took on the task Himself. There was no one else who could.

God began to fulfill His promise to Adam and Eve be placing His own Son in a manger in Bethlehem. The manger points to the Cross. The cross takes us through the tomb to the Resurrection.

We now wait for His return. The manger led to the cross. The resurrection guarantees His return. His return is not a pie in the sky wish. We can look throughout history, and see that as He fulfils His promises, they are perfectly fulfilled. There is reason and hope to believe that Jesus will return.

When the book of Revelation was written around AD 55, Jesus is called faithful and true (Rev 21:5) In the same verse, Jesus tells us that He is making all things new. All that was broken in Eden, Jesus is restoring. He brings His peace to Shalom our violent hearts. He will renew our minds. The government of His peace will reign in our lives forever.

This is the hope and joy of Christmas. Even so Lord Jesus, come quickly.

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