Hubby and I just finished reading first and second Corinthians and he thought it would be awesome to open up the book of Hebrews next. I haven't read the entire book of Hebrews before (except for through church in 2011, but the lack of note taking in the margins tell me I wasn't really paying attention), so I am excited to hear what God inspired Paul to share!
Read with us :)
In the past God spoke to our ancestors 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 also 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. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
Hebrews 1:1-4 NIV
In the past, which we see in the Old Testament, God spoke to people through prophets like Moses, Abraham, Isaiah and many others. It's hard for me to imagine life without Jesus at that time. He hadn't come yet, but people anticipated His arrival (Isaiah 9:6). There weren't even bibles to read, study, meditate on and follow. So they relied on God's message to be given verbally (and written like the letters from Paul to the church of Corinth) through people who followed Him.
Now, praise the Lord! We have been given His Son, Jesus Christ who speaks to us. We have the Holy scriptures filled with letters written by men and women of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit with a propose.
Another impossible-for-us-to-understand verse is that through Jesus Christ, God made the universe. Wait... Didn't Jesus come a little bit later? God sent Him to us as a baby just some 2,000+ years ago. Yet the prophets before Him lived hundreds of years before they died, so how was Jesus present during the creation of the world?
You have to live by faith.
We will always have questions.
We will always have doubts.
It's impossible for us to fully comprehend the mysteries and wonders of God, because He is GOD. That's a big deal. He's absolutely Holy and perfect and sovereign over all things. Why would our minds be able to grasp all that He is?
I like not knowing it all. I like being reminded that I'm not God. I'm a child. Seeking to follow Him, and failing often. But by His grace, I am loved and forgiven. He guides me still. He never gives up on me.
He never gives up on us.
He KNEW when He created the world, that we would fall, that we would turn our backs away from Him, that we would despise and reject His teachings, that He would have to give up His one and only Son so that we would not all die and be forever separate from Him, but that we would be given the opportunity to run to His arms, repent, and give our lives to Him.
He knew we would be wicked. But He still made the world. He still loves us and continues to give new life.
"The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word."
Jesus shines God's glory perfectly and fully. He is God. Again, we are completely incapable of grasping this as Jesus is God yet Jesus is God's Son - so we rely on faith. I have faith. I believe this all to be true.
After He died an agonizing death on the cross for our sins, He was resurrected after three days and now sits at the right hand of God, His Father, The Majesty, in Heaven.
And He reigns over the angels. The perfect angels. Worshipping Jesus constantly.
Heaven sounds incredible.
My husband turned 33 years old on August 1st. Funny how October 1st, 2 entire months later, is coming soon. Funny how behind I am on posts.
This man named Eduardo is a gift from the Lord. It was Edu's birthday, but at the same time I felt like I was the one being lavished with an incredible gift. Seeing my hubs sitting with our then almost-one-year-old baby boy. Feeding the two a watermelon cake with a side of non-whipped coconut cream (mainly because I didn't want to dirty another dish, and because Edu is gentle and kind and doesn't mind a silky coconut cream to drizzle on his cake), giving him something as simple as a hand-written card, a half mama/half Santi painted picture, and going to sushi for dinner - in a small restaurant where we were the only couple present.
It's the small things, that make big memories and fill our hearts. Praise the Lord for 33 years of age, 33 years of growing in Him, 33 years of becoming a wonderful man. I love this guy.
And Santi is pretty smitten of him, too.