“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” [Hebrews 1:3 NLT]
That would be today’s Word on the Way. Zach G. here, and at first glance, at least to this raised-in-the-church-from-infancy guy, it seems like a “duh” verse. Yes, God the Father is powerful; yes, Jesus is also God and is also powerful, blah, blah, blah.
Am I the only one who catches himself thinking something like that when reading a verse like this?
Am I the only one who, more often than not, just finds himself singing words to songs – either in church with a bunch of other people or singing along to the radio by myself – about God’s glory and power just to sing them and not actually thinking about what I’m singing?
Those would be rhetorical questions – I think we all gloss over how full-of-glory God really is, probably each for different reasons. Maybe your image of Jesus is some cheesy-Middle-Ages-painting of a white guy wearing a sash, waving and holding a lamb. Maybe, deep down, you really ARE aware of just how full-of-glory God is and you’re terrified because you know the things that you’ve done…and those things fall very, very short of God’s perfection. Maybe it’s a combination of the two; maybe it’s something completely different.
No matter what we catch ourselves thinking, the fact remains: God = glory.
And that same God who is more powerful, more majestic, more glorified than anything we can even come close to imagining, and certainly someone who’s standards we woefully fall short of…that same God sent Jesus down into our mess and loved us. He lived the life we could never hope to live. And when we accept Jesus’ offer of grace, that same God looks at us and sees nothing but Jesus, who “radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God“.