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. – Hebrews 1:1-2
Paul Harvey was an American radio broadcaster from 1952 through 2008. His programs reached millions of people a week. He was famous for a segment called The Rest of the Story, which premiered as its own segment on select radio networks in 1975. The Rest of the Story consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story, usually the name of some well-known person, held back until the end. The broadcasts concluded with Paul Harvey saying, “And now you know the rest of the story.”
The writer of Hebrews speaks of God’s unfolding story of the revelation of His mind and will as it was given in the times of the patriarchs and prophets. This revelation was made at several times, at different seasons, to different persons. It consisted of information relating to doctrine and worship concerning the Messiah. Gradual discoveries were made from the beginning of the world both before and after the giving of the law. These discoveries came from angels, through dreams, and visions. It was related by Moses and other prophets sent to prophesy and declare the will of God as the Holy Spirit inspired.
The story suddenly became silent and remained incomplete for three hundred years after Malachi. But then, one silent night in a quiet room, God spoke to a young virgin and told her to name the child he gave her, Jesus.
Through Jesus, God entered humanity. Eternity invaded time. Things could never be the same again. The story, given at various times and ways in Old Testament times, is now delivered to the saints by God’s own incarnate Son. Today, we have Jesus who looks prophetically back and forward into the story of the revelation of God’s mind and will.
The guessing is over. Jesus Christ is the light that reflects God’s glory. He is the expression of God’s love in the triumph of suffering. He is the creator of the world and the re-creator of new life in him. He carries all things onward by his power. His willing sacrifice pays the price for the sins of man. He is at the right hand of the Father, not as judge, but as the one who makes intercession for us, so we can hear God’s love plead for us rather than God’s righteous judgment prosecute us.
In the words of Paul Harvey: “And now you know the rest of the story!”