In recent months, I’ve been looking at replacing my current truck with a newer truck. As car buyers and owners know, this process involves looking at different brands, years, motor types, and much more. When you ask people about their choice of truck, some would say, “Chevy is the best; Dodge is the worst.” Others would say that Ford ranks higher in towing capability than any other truck on the market. Yet even some would suggest that Toyota has trucks that look the most stylish. Whatever preference people have, the fact is still true: they’re convinced that “their brand” is the “supreme” brand compared to other brands.
In a much similar way, Christians unknowingly get caught up in the mess of defending their political party, their culture, their denomination, and other convictions that they hold as “supreme,” and forsake the supremacy of Christ in the process. Let me be the first to say that I’m guilty of this fault as much as other Christians are. We’re a people of passion and conviction. We want to exercise our convictions and beliefs in a manner that is influential and convincing. In the process, though, we cannot lose sight of the supremacy of Christ that shapes how we exercise our passions and convictions in our daily lives. Christ should be the focal point of which we shape our worldview and opinions, not the current culture we live in. In this article, I’d like to look at Hebrews 1:1-4 and give brief reflections on the passage:
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 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 is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. – Hebrews 1:1-4
After reading this passage and meditating on the profound truths it contains, we can observe that Christ is supreme in character, in redemption, and in authority.
If we are to follow anyone closely to understand the character of God, it can only be Jesus Christ that we study. After all, God has spoken to His people by Him. Christ perfectly radiates God’s glory; He’s exactly like Him! “For in Him the whole fullness” of God is pleased to dwell.
In Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. – Colossians 2:10
D.A. Carson rightfully asserts that Jesus is “God’s ultimate self-disclosure.” Those who seek to know the Creator, Ruler, and Redeemer must look to Christ, since He is God incarnate (Jn. 1:14; 8:58).
We can also see that He is supreme in redemption. Only Christ has made “purification for sins.” People often ask rhetorically, “Isn’t the answer to our problems that we have a political leader or ourselves or others fix all of the problems in the world?” The Gospel reminds us that in our sin and rebellion we are helpless before a holy God; we cannot justify ourselves before Him. We cannot fix our own mess, even though we often think we can. Our problem runs much deeper than the need for the right leader to rule the world and to fix our problems through political reform. Our redemption rests on the blood shed by Christ on the cross to atone for sin; hallelujah!
And you, who were dead in your trespasses . . . God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:13-14
THIS is what makes the Gospel the supreme message to a world in dire need of redemption.
Finally, we see that Christ is supreme in authority. He’s at the right hand of God and, by divine right, is appointed as the heir of all things in the universe. No president will ever control the universe. No country will reign to the degree that Christ reigns over the cosmos. As Charles Spurgeon said so eloquently, “The kings of the earth wear their crowns and sway their scepters by license from his throne.” What little authority the rulers of the world have is graciously granted by Christ, until the day he comes in glory to establish his rule and reign “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).
We worship the supreme Ruler of the cosmos (Col. 1:16-17). Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the eternal Word (Jn. 1:1). He is the Son of God and the Son of Man. No one even comes close in comparison to Him (Ps. 89:8). In suffering Christ displays His supremacy as the One who loves unconditionally (Matt. 20:28), and in glory He exercises His supremacy as the rightful King of kings (Ps. 110). As we go about our days as pilgrims in this world, whether it be studying what brand truck is best or what theologians to learn from, never cease on meditating on Christ’s supremacy above all. In your pursuit of your God-given convictions and passions, never lose sight of Christ’s glory that shapes how you live and you radiate His glory.