08 January 2007

Hebrews 1

The following text from Hebrews was given as today's lectionary lesson and it really spoke to me:
1Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but 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. 3He 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. (Hebrews 1:1-3, NRSV)
I know I've said it before, but some things are worth repeating: Hebrews tells us that Jesus Christ is the exact imprint of the Father's very being. The evangelist John tells us that if we have seen Jesus, we have seen the Father.

This is one reason why the bible must always be read in the light of Christ - never mind the fact that "all the law and the prophets" point to Jesus. Christians should not let anyone tell them that the Father is more wrathful and than the Son. Don't buy a theology that acts as if Jeus' life and teaching were irrelevant and that only his death on the cross matters, any more than you would buy a theology that says the opposite.

1 comment:

Beyond Words said...

Amen! Oh how I pray we, the church, would understand God in light of Jesus instead of inventing elaborate systematic theologies. Then, I believe, we would be true followers of Jesus, and we would see more clearly how to do God's will on earth as it is done in heaven.