“His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2).
God has appointed Jesus as heir of all things. I understand this from a personal point of view. When my father died in 1974, I found out that my name had been written in his will. That meant that along with my brothers and my mother, I shared in my father’s estate. It also meant that I received a nice black and white checked sports coat he used to wear. I received it because I was an heir to what my father possessed. The same is true for my three sons—Josh, Mark and Nick. They are named in my will. And after I’m gone, they can go through my clothes and take anything they like. It’s fine with me because I’m planning on a new wardrobe when I get to heaven.
To say that God has appointed Jesus heir of all things means that God has given everything to his Son. The deepest oceans. The farthest stars. The darkest corners. The highest mountains. It all belongs to him. Today it doesn’t appear that everything belongs to Jesus because Satan is a squatter who illegally claims the earth as his domain. But in the end Satan will be overthrown and Jesus installed as the rightful king of the universe. This means that when you come to the end of everything, Jesus is there!
It may seem from a brief glance at the scoreboard that Satan is winning in the cosmic struggle between good and evil. But as they say on election night, those are just “partial returns.” When all the votes are counted, those who stand with Jesus will find themselves on the victory side. As Isaac Watts put it in his great hymn written in 1719,
Jesus shall reign where ’ere the sun,
Does its successive journeys run;
His kingdom spread from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
One day every nation will bow before King Jesus. Today that seems impossible as we consider the world scene. But what we see today is not the last word from heaven. One day soon the whole world will know that he is “the heir of all things.”
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being our all-sufficient Savior. Today we follow by faith. We look forward to the day when our faith will turn to sight and we will see you face to face. Amen.