The Nature of Christ
Originally scheduled for August 3
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. After he had provided purification for sins, he
sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
(Hebrews 1:1-3 NIV)
If you wish to understand the greatness of the
sacrifice Christ made at Calvary, you must first understand the
greatness of Christ himself.
We see it laid out before us here in the book of Hebrews.
Just consider things in the visible universe:
He is the heir to all things –
everything belongs to him.
He is the agent of creation – the one
who made the universe.
He is the sustainer of creation – the
one who sees to it that gravity works today like yesterday.
That should be sufficient to give us awe.
But our writer goes on to explain his relationship with God:
He is the radiance of God’s glory –
the spiritual light of the universe. He therefore, like God, must be
He is the exact representation of
God’s being – like a photograph that penetrates to the very essence
of God. To know Christ
is to know God Almighty.
He is seated at the right hand of the
Father – the position of authority, equal to God the Father.
Then please consider his relationship to us.
One might think that a being so high and powerful would
simply ignore us, or perhaps apply some bug spray to us.
But it is not so;
instead, he provided our purification through his atoning sacrifice.
Christ is unique in this:
He is the only man who could provide
for our purification, for only He was without sin.
He is the only man who would be
motivated to do this, for God is love, and Christ is God.
To put the point simply, He is also
the only one who did
provide for us.
Therefore, as you take communion today, you
will of course remember his agony on the Cross.
But give some thought, too, about the sacrifice he made just
to come to us as a man.
The author and sustainer of the universe, the equal of God the
Father, so loved you that he went to the Cross for your atonement.