The Son is the Radiance of God’s Glory-

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At my church, we celebrate the sacrament of communion on the first Sunday of every month. An hour before people arrive for worship, the deacons arrive to prepare the sacrament. We have a tradition of electing at least one male and female under the age of 20 to serve as deacons. On the first Sunday in February, I was struck be the image of Jason McGuire, one of our young deacons who may only be 13 years old, as mature women of the Deacon Board “showed him the ropes” in preparing the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. What they were doing was participating in a ritual that goes all the way back to the first century in a way that Christians have celebrated the Lordship of Jesus. The ritual of the Lord’s Supper is a reminder to those who believe, that Jesus is the Son of God, made in the image of God and a reminder of the salvation of God


The verse I begin with today is from Hebrews 1:3-4. It proclaims that Jesus is the Son of God and the very reflection of God’s glory and grants sustenance to the world by the power of his word.  Just as our earthly children are a reflection of their mother and father, Jesus is the very reflection of God.

Hebrews 1: He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made 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. [1]

Paul begins the Book of Hebrews by telling us that in the beginning God spoke through prophets, but with the birth and advent of Jesus the Christ, you and I can now see the image of God, up close and personal.

Hebrews 1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.[2]

I encourage you to reflect upon this verse as you contemplate the significance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In Jesus, the Christ, we have a Savior who has conquered sin and the world. In Jesus, we have a hope beyond hope, joy beyond joy, peace beyond peace and love beyond love! Celebrate with me this day this good news!

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does this passage of scripture say to you about the glory of God?
  2. Verses 1-2 tells us the significance of Jesus in the context of the prophets that preceded him. What does this mean to you?

 

Prayer: Lord, your reflection is the glory of God! Your word sustains because of its power. Your sacrifice on the cross has placed you at the right hand of God. You are higher than all angels combined and your name is above all names! Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III of deacons preparing communion.  Photo of Nathan Page Hood as a baby in his father’s arms was taken by Denise Page Hood

Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

More about the Ministry Photos and Books by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at www.nicholashoodiiiministries.org

 

[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Heb 1:3–4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Heb 1:1–2). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.