“In the past God spoke to our forefathers 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 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.” (Hebrews 1:1–3, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The preamble to the U.S. Constitution includes the phrase “in order to form a more perfect union.” If you google the phrase, you’ll find all kinds of reflections on what the founding fathers could have meant by “more perfect.” How does one improve on perfection? But how else would you express an ideal (existing only in the imagination)? It is something that is more than perfect, even though there is no such thing.
Sometimes, the words we have at our disposal are inadequate to convey what we are trying to express. I think this might have been the case with the writer of Hebrews. How to put into words the nature and character of Jesus Christ? He is the exact (not deviating in truth or reality from God) representation (a likeness of God). Two words that do not commonly go together. Something is either exact (same) or a representation (like). One or the other, not both. But Christ, the God-Man, is the exactly the same as God in essence, yet a representation of God in person.
He was different from the prophets who preceded Him, in that they only represented God to man. Jesus was God who became man. An exact representative of God. He is superior to those prophets, and even to angels, both of which are created beings, because He created all things. Not only did He create all things, He sustains all things. God’s glory shines through (radiates from) Him.
The Apostle John said it this way. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:1–4, NIV 1984). And Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:29–30, NIV 1984). Talk about a “more perfect union!”
My Advice – Go for a “more perfect” future. That’s why God sent His Son.
Today’s musing was inspired by Deacon Josh Johnson’s sermon on January 5, 2020. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you.