My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The radiance of God's glory!
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of
His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He
had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the
Majesty on high,
(Hebrews 1:3 NASB)
Who was Jesus? People are still asking that question today. The
writer to the Hebrews wrote a very lengthy sentence (verses 1-4) trying
to describe who Jesus was. This portion of that explanation brings us
to the core of understanding the very nature of Jesus Christ -- the tiny
babe whose coming be celebrate this month. Jesus, the tiny baby, was
God! God's glory and radiance cannot be separated, they are one and the
same. The early church understood this as describing the sun, and the
light which shone from the sun. They were so connected to one another
that you could not have one without the other. The same is true for the
Father and the Son -- The Son is the radiance of the glory of the
Father. You cannot separate the two for they have existed together
forever. And Jesus is yes, the exact representation of the nature of
the Father. The English language is too weak here, because a
representative makes it somehow sound like something less than the
original, which here is not the case. He is made of the same stuff --
he is exactly the same nature as the Father, and this differs from
anything that we, as humans are made of. Only the nature of God can be
found in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Because Jesus is the
radiance of the God's glory, eternally united with the Father and is
made of the "stuff" of God, he has the power to uphold all things. Why?
Because he was creatively active from the very beginning of time.
That is why the power of creation is the very power that existed in that
little baby who was able to come to earth and provide for the
purification of our sins. The language here lets us know that he did
this, he completed the task; it is done! Therefore he can now sit at
the right hand of the Father. And all of this he has done out of his
love for you and for me. Jesus wanted his creation to be in fellowship
with God, and he took a "whatever it takes" attitude toward humanity.
The very radiance of God's glory was willing to come to this earth to
provide a way for all of humanity to be saved.
We tend to gloss over the story of Jesus, who he was, and what he
did. It's in moments like this, when I really stop to ponder who he was
and what he gave up for me that I am overwhelmed. Do I really
appreciate all that Christ did for me? Do I understand the salvation
that is at hand?
This morning I'm thinking about my friend Christina. Christina
delivered the newspaper to my home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She figured
out that we had a rather crazy dog that liked to go outside and pick up
the paper every morning and bring it in to us. However, we had an
invisible fence. If the newspaper was too far down the driveway our dog
would sit out there and bark and until one of us came and moved the
paper a little closer to her so that she could proudly carry it into the
house for us. Christina, or Tina, as we came to know her, tried to
always make sure the paper was up high enough for Zoey to be able to
reach. One day Tina and her son Kevin showed up at our church. She had
been up and down spiritually through the years but now really wanted to
settle things, to get things right with God. She did, and she began to
do all that she could to be the best mom to her kids and walk the right
path in life. It wasn't easy because she was a single mom with many
issues to overcome. She wasn't perfect, but she was seeking God and his
leadership in her life. Her facebook posts reflected her desire to
know God. She sent me forwards on e-mail about the Lord. I knew she
was in love with him. She and Kevin began singing in the Christmas
program at church and she became a regular member of the group I taught
on Sunday mornings. Every morning in Fort Wayne I was blessed by Tina's
ministry of the newspaper at my home. She prayed for the whole
community as she delivered her papers.
Yesterday, very suddenly, Tina went home to be with the Lord. She
had been at church on Sunday where Kevin sang in the Christmas program.
Tina had not been well and was unable to sing this year, but she was
there. Today my friend Tina is seeing the very radiance of God's glory.
Today all things have been brought to completion in her life because
of the work of Christ. There is no more pain. There are no more
struggles. She is in the presence of the one who is sitting at the
right hand of God, the Father. Why? Because she was obedient and
listened when God was calling her -- and he brought her to the very
Christ of Christmas.
Today we are all invited to enjoy being in the presence of the
radiance of God's glory. Even while we are here on this earth we may
walk in nearness to him. Just as we enjoy laying in the sun on a warm
spring day, enjoying the radiance of the sun, we should enjoy the
radiance of God's glory every single day of our lives here on this
earth. Then, there will come a day when we, just like Tina, will step
from this life to the next and we will experience the glory of the
presence of God at another level, but for now, let us enjoy the
foretaste of the things to come. Jesus is coming! May we enjoy the
radiance of the very glory of God.
Lord, thank you for allowing Tina to be a part of my life and
touching me. Thank you for your coming and that I can enjoy your
presence today. Amen.