God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 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 on the right hand of the Majesty on high: Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (Hebrews 1:1-4)
Hebrews is a book loaded with comparisons. At the very outset of the epistle the comparison is made between the prophets who spoke from God, but always in a limited capacity, and Christ in whom the fullness of the revelation of God is revealed.
Though no less the Word of God, the prophets could only speak in limited and separate revelations on behalf of God. The Son, however, speaks directly as God in the fullness of God.
Jesus is the prophet whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting (see Micah 5:2) and he is the one whom Moses testified should come (Acts 3:22-23). He did not speak like the other prophets with only limited insight. He is the Heavenly prophet who came down from Heaven as the living Word of God.
When asked if he was “that prophet” John the Baptist (himself a prophet) denied and said “I am not the Christ” (John 1:20-21). John declared that he was the one who came to announce the coming of that prophet who is the Messiah, the Son of God.
I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord. (John 1:23)
Jesus was more than an ordinary prophet, he was and is the LORD! Jesus’ ministry as a prophet was not like those prophets before him, for they spake on behalf of the Lord. Jesus spoke being the Lord.
Unlike the other prophets who were chosen from among men, Jesus came down from above, not with a Word from God, but as the very Word of God in the flesh.
In the first 4 verses of Hebrews, there is an ascent from the prophets who were mere men, to the Son by whom God made the worlds, from the his humility of Christ in purging our sins, to his exaltation above all the angels of God.
The message of Hebrews begins with the Father having spoken by his Son, and it closes with the warning to not refuse him who speaks from Heaven. Jesus is the one in whom God has speaks from Heaven. He is the heavenly prophet – the Living Word of God!