Jesus Is The Brightness of God’s Glory

Today’s Lesson

Read Hebrews 1:3 and John 14:8-9

Have you ever seen a star? No, you haven’t. Whenever you look at a star in the sky, you aren’t really seeing the star itself: you are seeing the light that radiated from that star.

The light left the star and travelled millions of light years accross space to reach Earth, where your eye finally caught a glimpse of it. But the star itself is beyond your reach.

And yet, the light enables you to see everything the star is. Even though the light and the star are not the same, the light proceeds from the star because it is part of the star, and whatever we know about the star, we know because we can see and study its light.

Jesus is the light that proceeds from God. He reflects who God is and what He is like; He reflects all of God’s glory. And eve though Jesus is not the Father, Jesus is part of the Father Himself. Everything we know about God, we know because Jesus reveals it.

Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30). Therefore, the Bible tells us that Jesus is God (Titus 2:13).

Questions for Reflection

  1. How is Jesus like light? How is Jesus unlike light?
  2. How are the Father and Jesus alike? How are the Father and Jesus not the same?
  3. In what sense are Jesus and the Father one?
  4. Is it correct to say that Jesus is God? Does He deserve worship?

Sample Prayer

Lord, God the Father; and Lord, Jesus Christ. I recognize that you are one. I recognize that the Father is perfectl revealed in the Son, and that the Son proceeds from the essence of the Fahter. May I be forever in the hand of the Father, and forever in the hand of Jesus. Please continue to reveal yourself to me!

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8 thoughts on “Jesus Is The Brightness of God’s Glory

  1. Being “the Brightness of God’s Glory” does not need to mean that Jesus would be God himself.

    The Father of God is not at the same time the son. When God would have come to earth to fake His temptation and His death, such a charade would have had no use and did not solve the problem presented at the beginning of times. Such an idea of God having come to earth so late and still letting people suffer so much, though He would so called having saved mankind, makes of Him a cruel and dishonest man, telling many times lies and hiding the truth for man.

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      1. Hebrews may perhaps not teach that Jesus is a mere human like the rest of us; and may not teach that Jesus is a new Adam, but at other places in the new testament we find words calling him the second Adam. At other places in Scriptures we hear how special that master teacher or rebbe might have been, but that does not yet mean he would be God. Several places let us know that he is the sent one from God and as such do not say he would have been God come to earth.

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      2. 1 Timothy 3:16 says that God was manifest in the flesh:

        “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

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