Saturday, January 12, 2013

Hebrews 1:3 “He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word...”

This is the side of Jesus we don’t really learn about as children.  We first learn of him as a tiny baby in Bethlehem and some people never move beyond that image.  Almost immediately the stories show him at a young age in Jerusalem for a festival.  He stays at the temple teaching while his parents frantically look all over the city for him.  When they finally find him, he cannot understand why they looked anywhere else.  We flash forward to the baptism of a 30 year old man who is starting his life ministry.  There are many stories and teachings to read from his ministry and it will take a lifetime or more to truly learn and understand them.  How do we see Jesus in those stories?  Do you picture him blending into the crowd or is there something different that makes him stand out?  The verse from Hebrews tells me He must have stood apart from the crowd because “He is the reflection of God’s glory”.  He is a gentle shepherd, a friend and leader, a teacher and healer.  He is also “sustains all things with his powerful word”.  He is no longer a baby in the manger; He reigns with power and majesty!

Thank you for coming down to teach us from the very basic to a depth we cannot yet grasp.  Thank you for the promise that you will sustain us. Your word is our guide, help us hear you and have ears to listen.  Amen