As I sit down to write this devotional, I do not know where to begin. I could start by telling you that we don't actually know who wrote the epistle to the Hebrews. The two major candidates are Paul and Barnabas. I could also begin by asking you a series of questions that would make you think about your Christian walk. I chose a third alternative. However, the author of Hebrews knew exactly what he wanted to say, and he dove right into it early on in this epistle.
The author of Hebrews opens his epistle by reminding us that God spoke through His prophets in years past. In only the first half of the second verse of this book, the author reminds us that God has, more recently than the Old Testament prophets, spoken to us in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ.
It is important that we realize that the author is drawing a comparison between the Old Testament prophets and Jesus Christ. The Israelites had a reverence for what the Old Testament prophets had to say. They were to have this same reverence for the life of Christ. This is something that, I believe, could only be truly appreciated by the Israelites. However, Jesus Christ's example did something more for us than the words of the prophets.
Jesus fulfilled every Messianic prophecy in the Old Testament. As such, He was the living example to which the prophets were pointing. Whereas the prophets could only tell us of the character of God, Jesus Christ gave us a visual picture of the character of God through His lifestyle. In other words, the words of the prophets pointed to Jesus. Without Jesus, the words of the Old Testament prophets would not have real meaning.