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Hebrews 1:1-3

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.  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 down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 

A great teacher uses different methods to drive home the point. That’s what God did in the Old Testament. He put forth His message in a variety of ways. Sometimes He used visions, dreams, and supernatural interventions. Other times He wrote the Law on tablets of stone and delivered it to the people through His servant Moses. Then there were times when God spoke through the prophets, sending warning and encouragement. While the delivery systems varied, the point was clear: God desired to speak to man. In the New Testament, the Word became flesh.

Jesus became the human mouthpiece of God. He clearly revealed the person of God and vividly explained the promises of God. Jesus not only explained how a person could know God; He made that relationship possible by His voluntary, sacrificial death on the cross. Then Jesus was raised to life to show God’s power over death itself. Now He has “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

Think of it this way. The Old Testament believers held a package. It was wrapped with the law and sacrificial system. They knew the Gift was inside and they placed their faith in the promised Gift. On this side of the cross, the Gift is unwrapped and the Person of Jesus is revealed. We see Jesus—the “radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.”  And every day we thank God for the work of His Son!

Dear Father, thank You for revealing Yourself in Jesus. Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to earth and loving us all the way to the cross. May we respond with a life of thanksgiving and worship. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Colossians 1:15-20
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

If you want to know what God is like, look no further than Jesus. Let’s take a break from John’s prologue and consider this parallel passage in Colossians. Here’s the breakdown.

  • Jesus makes the invisible visible. He is the exact representation of the Father.
  • He is the firstborn, preeminent over all creation.
  • All things are created through Him and for Him and are held together by Him.
  • He existed before all things.
  • The church, made up of all true believers, is under His leadership.
  • He built the bridge from death to life and was the first to cross over.
  • Every bit of God is found in Jesus.

Jesus is supreme! He made the supreme sacrifice as well. By His death on the cross He made it possible for you and me to have peace with the Father. Do you have that peace? Would you like to have it? Use the following prayer as a guide if you desire peace with God through Jesus.

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge You as the One who is supreme over all. I also acknowledge You as the One who can bring me into a relationship with the Father through Your death on the cross. I am sorry for my sins. Thank You for being the perfect sacrifice for my sins. I trust in Your work on the cross as the only way I can have peace now and forever with God. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 


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