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Advent Reading – December 7, 2016

Gillian Walker Attridge GroveYouth Team

Hebrews 1-4

When I thought about Jesus as Almighty God, I could only think of times when “Almighty God” was referring to God the Father but then I remembered this verse, “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 1:3

If Jesus is an exact representation of God’s being or as The Message puts it, “The Son perfectly mirrors God”  then His power is God’s power and they are one in the same. Jesus is set apart because of His communion with God. How great would it be if we experienced even a glimpse of that communion with Jesus and God? Jesus is given a unique place at ‘the Majesty in heaven’s’ right hand and God sets Him above His companions.

As I continued reading through the passage, I couldn’t stop, so I’ll encourage you to read the first four chapters in Hebrews fully. If you can’t get through all four chapters today, try for the first two. The way that these verses bring things full circle will hopefully encourage your hearts and move your feet to action today.

We celebrate the ‘powerful word’ made flesh coming to earth as Jesus in this advent season. Our Savior Jesus, ‘the radiance of God’s glory’ became a man to become the ultimate atonement for sin. He conquered death, which is pretty Almighty if you ask me. Romans 8 says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. Jesus shares in God’s divinity but also in our humanity and this allows Him to enter into relationship with us in a beautiful and unique way.

When I think of Jesus, I confess and will be honest that I often come to Him selfishly or at least not as my first resort. I reflect on the cross sometimes only when the Spirit convicts me. I think of stories in the gospel of a man who once lived and overcame instead of trusting that He’ll actively ‘sustain all things’ (including me) right here and now.

How do we get the knowledge of Jesus as Almighty God from our heads to our hearts? How do we hear the voice of Jesus and decide not to harden our hearts like it talks about in Hebrews 3? How do we start walking through our unbelief and our distrust (maybe not in our words, but perhaps in our hearts) that He is powerful and Almighty and that He is fully man and fully God?

I suggest that in this time of advent and preparation, we follow the prompt at the end of Hebrews 4, “Let us then approach the throne of grace” (where they are both seated) “with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”