8.16.2009

Scripture: Who is Jesus?

Periodically, I will be sharing with you something I learned from Sunday's sermon. (If you'd like to learn more, you can download them from our church's website.) It's called "Scripture" because these are not my thoughts, but from my notes of the Word preached by our pastor. I hope it will be enlightening to you.

Hebrews 1:1-4 (ESV)
1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Who is Jesus Christ? A good man? A wise man? A prophet, like Mohammed?

Verse 3a: He is the radiance - why the word "radiance?" Because Jesus embodies the Source, the power. What is the difference between the sun and the moon? The sun has an internal source, or is a source that radiates heat and light in the sky. The moon merely reflects, having no internal power of its own. He is not like the moon, a dead orb which only reflects the light.

Verse 3b: He is. . . the exact imprint - everything that God is, Jesus is. If God is eternal, Jesus Christ is eternal. Jesus was not created at a point in time; He always was and will be.

This, I believe.

2 comments:

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

You wrote:

"I think it's funny that nobody, NOBODY wonders if they are "lead by God" to birth a baby, but they have to be "lead by God" to adopt one."

OH MY GOSH. How I LOVE that.

A MEN.

Sometimes I think people confuse pregnancy with parenting. It's kind of like confusing the wedding with the marriage. You know how you would have girlfriends who would get so wrapped up in the dress etc, but not think about the next 50 years? I think sometimes people get very hung up on the pregnancy/birth - and forget that it is a very brief, frankly often really crappy time - it is the next 50 years that really matter. It doesn't matter if it is by a JOP or a Cinderella wedding - the marriage is what counts. Same way - Pregnancy or adoption - it is the PARENTING that counts.

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Do you go to church with Sophie?