In his worship song “Knowing You, Jesus,” Graham Kendrick proclaims:
“Oh, to know the power of your risen life
And to know you in your sufferings
To become like you in your death, my Lord
So with you to live and never die.”
When we know Jesus, we know God the Father as well, for the Son is the Father’s final, complete, and perfect revelation of Himself (John 14:7–10). In this first chapter of the book of Hebrews, we are told that “in the past God spoke” through prophets (v. 1), “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (v. 2).
The Son is called the “heir of all things”—King of the kingdom of God—and the universe was made through Him (v. 2). Only God Himself matches this description. According to verse 3, the Son is the “radiance of God’s glory.” This is a relationship of identity. Just as light and its source cannot be separated, only God can shine forth God’s glory. That means the Son must be God as well.
Here we read that Jesus is “the exact representation of his being” (v. 3). Again, this indicates identity. While the Son and the Father are not the same Person, they are both God. Furthermore, the Son sustains “all things by his powerful word” (v. 3). Only God can do that, so once again, the Son is God. If He is who God is and He does what God does, then He must be God Himself!
In God’s plan of redemption, the Son “provided purification for sins,” then “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” (v. 3). No man could have done either of those, nor could any angel (v. 4). Only the Lord Himself qualifies. Therefore, Jesus is God!
December is all about Christmas, but often our culture forgets to honor the reason for this holiday, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Begin today to keep Jesus the center of your Christmas celebration. Ask God to help you focus your heart and mind on Him, even when the days get busy and the to-do list gets long.
Please join us in prayer that this Christmas season we’ll look at Christ and remember the Cross. May Jesus be the center of our celebration. May we be renewed in our love and affection for Him every day!