As the calendar turns today, it’s hard to believe it’s the first of December already. Yet, here it is, with the bulk of the year behind us. For some of you that may be a huge relief, and for others, you are sorry to not have many weeks of 2019 left.
This year, the Season of Advent begins with the month’s start. Today is the first Sunday of Advent, and so begins our journey through the Scriptures as they lead us to meet the Baby at the manger.
Each day through the next 25 days, join our Church community here as we prepare our hearts for the coming of the birth of Jesus, and the drawing near of God to His favourite part of creation – us! Today’s reading gives us a glimpse into the very truth of who Jesus is.
Hebrews 1:4 (NIV) “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God”.
I love an evening when the moon is so bright, you could almost drive along with your headlights off. I don’t suggest you do, but it’s tempting! Yet, we know that the moon creates no light itself. It has no source brightness other than the sun. It radiates the brightness of the burning star that warms our earth. It reflects the brightness of the object before it.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus radiates God’s own glory! There is no part of Jesus character that does not show us God’s character. Just as a mirror can’t reflect something that isn’t near it…Jesus showed us nothing that wasn’t of God during His time on earth with us. All that we read and learn from Him is of the Father, and is a true reflection of His Father.
As Jesus followers, our lives should radiate His life in us. People should notice a difference in us, because of The Son. Our co-workers, the clerk at the grocery store, our neighbours…well, you get the idea. And on days when we eclipse that with our attitude or behaviours, we are forgiven. But, how awesome would it be, if we apologized to the one we failed to show Jesus to?
Make it your prayer today that you would reflect the glory of God, through Jesus to those you encounter.