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Communion Meditations (2014)

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 eternal.

·         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.  Remember that.

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