Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Majesty of Jesus

Today I'm beginning to read and study the book of Hebrews, found in the NT.
I'll cover verses 1 - 3 which say, " 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".
The forefathers it refers to here were the prophets and others we are all familiar with from the Old Testament - Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah....they all knew God and spoke with him, but God's Holy Spirit was not "in" them as he can be with us today. It wasn't until after Jesus came, died, and was resurrected and once again went to heaven glorified that the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to all who will receive Him.
Once we come to believe and trust in Jesus as Lord; believing what those three verses above state about who he is, we then are given the gift of having his Holy Spirit dwell in our hearts, and we can now have the same power in our lives as Jesus did when he lived here as a man.
It says in Hebrews that he is the radiance of God's glory - the exact representation of God's being. Jesus was and is God in the flesh, contrary to many's opinions. He was more than a good man, a prophet, a Nazarene carpenter - he was created by the Holy Spirit, and God's own nature was put into him from the time of his conception. He was God coming to us in human form (John chapter 1).
He had to face the same things everyone else faces on earth, but it was the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him that kept him as one to the Father. He says in John 17 that his desire for us is to have that same oneness. It also states that it was through Jesus that God the Father made the universe.
Think about it - the God of all the universe WANTS to know you, to give you a life that has meaning, full of joy no matter what situation life takes you through. His desire is to have a relationship with each of us - to have that father/son - father/daughter relationship that some of us might not have had the chance to have with our earthly parents. Many who haven't had the kind of relationship with their earthly parents find it hard to trust God to be a father to them, and I pray today that if you're one of them, to step out of your fear and trust God to heal the hurts that you've bottled up inside for so long - God is waiting to show you unconditional love, and not only CAN heal your broken heart, but it's his WILL to do so. He accepts us are we are - he is the only source of total peace, abounding love, and understanding. He is standing at the door and knocking, waiting for you to open the door of your heart to him. (Revelation 3:20)
Take the time today to ask Jesus to reveal himself to you and to give you a fresh start on life. What have you got to lose?


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