“The Son is the radiance of God’s Glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word. After He had provided purification for sins He sat at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven”
Hebrews 1: 3
Hebrews 1: 1-3
Following our focus on Monday upon God Almighty we move to Jesus Christ. If we have some difficulty in grasping who God is, He has in His Grace, made Himself know to us in Jesus Christ. God Himself declared that Jesus is His Son, (Matthew 3: 17). We see Christ as fully God and fully man (Colossians 2: 9 & Philippians 2: 6-8) and Jesus Himself affirmed that if we see Him we see the Father, God Almighty (John 14: 6-11). In this latter passage, and in His Words, we see that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life. He is the only way to God, He is the truth of Life and in Him we find eternal life.
Jesus left His position of glory to be one of us so we could know God; this is His incarnational ministry. He has provided a way for us to enter a relationship with God by providing ‘purification for sins,’ paying our penalty with His self-sacrifice. BUT He defeated death and is now at God’s right hand where He sustains all things by His powerful Word. We have this incredible, utterly amazing truth that God came to us as one of us so that we could come to Him....for eternity! We can see and know God in a way that we can understand and grasp. We know that God ‘gets us’ – Jesus knows what it is like to be us, He knows how to live as one of us without sin and how to help us (Hebrews 2: 17-18, 4: 15).
The Lord Jesus can be known personally and helps us to know the Father. When we walk the path of peace it is He who makes peace for us with God by His Father’s Grace and our Faith (Romans 5: 1-2). He then helps us to know the peace of God in our hearts and minds (Philippians 4: 7). So as we pray we are to fix our eyes on our humble and mighty Saviour (Hebrews 12: 2) and allow Him to perfect our faith and trust in God the Father through Him, God the Son.
As Jesus came to us as one of us He tells us that He will return again to take us to Himself (John 14: 1-3); are we ready and have we been made worthy by His blood (His self-sacrifice and our belief in Him)?
To Ponder: There are many variations on the quote, “you will not know a person until you walk a mile in their shoes,” (a similar quote can be found in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee). Jesus walked a lifetime in our life and death; He knows us. How does this truth help you know Him?
Prayer: Father Almighty, every family in heaven and on earth derives its name from you. I pray that out of Your glorious riches You may strengthen us with power through Your Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And I pray that we, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Amen
From Ephesians 3
Praise: Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5qc0EcNgqw
In 2023, each week's blog is a follow-up reflection written by the preceding Sunday’s preacher to dig deeper into the sermon topic and explore engaging discussion questions.