Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 37 Day 2
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Hebrews 1: 1 God, who [a]at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had ]by Himself purged ]our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
These words from a writer to the Hebrew people scattered throughout the Roman provinces states unequivocally just exactly who Jesus is. They are to be considered as a gauntlet almost thrown down before the unbelievers throughout all time. The great debate of that age was on the nature of who Jesus was and what he was made of. Many posited the idea that Jesus was made of some unknown particle that theologians today call homoousias, or “God stuff” more simply put. Modern though gives no credence to these claims and affirms the assertion above that Jesus was in every way God, and in every way man. This unique representation finds its best definition in an old fashioned word translated from the Greek apaugasma, and in older English rendered effulgence. While it may mean radiance, it is as though the writer was attempting to express the mysterious connection between son and father. In other words the radiance expressed is the powerful love of God for His Son, and by extension for all of the work of His Son, that is His making of the worlds, His purging of our sins, and His victory over death. Imagine the moment in Heaven when Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father.