Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but 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. He 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, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
The coming of Jesus into the world signals the most important event to ever occur within the bounds of human history–nothing even comes close to rivaling this time. God was certainly active in and among the human community from the beginning, speaking through the patriarchs and the prophets, making clear His will for us; yet, Jesus signals something much different.
Where we had received God’s word in the form of prophecy and written Scripture, in Christ we receive the Word in flesh, dwelling among us. And this Word from God is not merely rules and regulations (not to say that the Law is unimportant), but the fullest substance and exact representation of God Himself in a Man to whom we may relate in ways we cannot possibly relate to the Transcendant God. The second Person of the Trinity took onto Himself humanity so that He could participate in human life and show us exactly what it means to live as God would live. We witness Divinity arrive in the form of a helpless baby–the Almighty Creator in such a fragile frame.
My favorite part of this chapter is where the author says, “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature.” Jesus, His life, compassion, love and mercy, is the radiance of the glory of God. His humble sacrifice on our behalf is the radiance of the glory of God. He does not simply tell us what God’s nature is, but displays for all to see His incomparable greatness.
The beautiful God we worship is like us, and yet so unlike us. He gave Himself to the world as a gift, walking among us in a manner that is beyond our comprehension. How could we ever imagine that God would become a human, live and suffer among us, and die by our hand? Is that not the height of foolishness? How could we imagine so wonderful and terrible of a possibility? And yet, so that we may know God’s love and mercy, and so that we could receive His grace, this is exactly what He has done.
Jesus is radiant. God’s glory shone from Him in such a way that the world was bursting with His light, and His light has continued to illuminate and transform everyone and everything that encounters Him. He is altogether lovely, and completely powerful. By His word all things were created, and by His continued and constant authority and power He sustains and upholds every aspect of creation. This is the God we know, and the Lord Who died for us. This is the beautiful God Who loves us, though we deserve judgment. How could we turn to another? Whom else could we serve?