Living in an age where information from around the world is literally at our fingertips, we sometimes tend to believe whatever we hear or read without considering the source and accuracy of that information. We then repeat that information, sometimes to find our later that it was inaccurate or that the source itself was misleading.
We then become skeptical of news and information, questioning and even rejecting it out of hand, still without verifying the information’s accuracy. Our fault is failing to check the reliability of our information which results in skepticism, doubt and even disbelief. The only way to rectify this problem is to at least delay judgment until we have verified the source of our information.
In the above text, the nobleman wanted Jesus to come home with him in order to heal his son. Jesus sent the man home with His word that the boy was healed. The man believed His word and went his way, believing that his son would be healed according to Jesus’ word on the matter. He could do so because he had Jesus’ word on it.
In the book of Hebrew, the writer is quick to point out that there is a reliable Source behind the writings of the Bible.
1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 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; 3 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,
Here, the Apostle Paul emphasizes that (1) God has spoken. He has done so first of all in the past through the prophets and in the present through His Son. To add validity of the Word spoken by the Son, he identifies Him as “heir of all things” and the One by Whom God “created the worlds”…as well as asserting His Incarnation by declaring Jesus to being the “brightness of His glory and the express image of His person” and that He “upholds all things by the word of His power”. As if this description was not enough to lend credibility to Christ, Paul adds that if was Christ Who had “by Himself purged out sins and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”, signifying that His work was not only accepted by the Father, but finished.
So, the Word spoken by Christ can be believed and relied upon because of Who He is. This becomes the theme of the book of Hebrews and is developed as Jesus is presented as “better than” angels, Moses, the Law and Sacrifices. It then emphasizes in Heb 10:12…
“ But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God…” NKJV
We can believe it because we have His Word on it! Sing WONDERFUL WORDS OF LIFE as a reminder today!