DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2020-09-21
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Hebrews 1:2-3
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.3 The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
OBSERVATION: Surely it must be the proudest moment in a father’s life, when he hears someone remark how much his son reminds them of him! Similarly most sons will probably beat on their chests in pride on hearing such a comparable, because they are proud of their wonderful dad! Perhaps the relationship between God and His Son Jesus, has such a lasting impression on us that we seek to follow is His example! Today’s Scripture is a good reminder, so let’s spend some time together meditating on it.
APPLICATION: Perhaps the first thing that we might consider after reading these verses is that, yes, we are comfortable that there is no better one to imitate than the God of this universe. For He is divine, the Creator of the universe, the Savior of the world, the beginning and the end, the plumb line for love – for He loved us while we were yet sinners. So for God to send His Son into this world, there is no one better to have Him imitate, than Himself. I love the way that this Bible translation described Jesus in verse 3! The love and character of Jesus was such that He radiates the glory of God, and expresses His character in every aspect of His life. Wow, suppose that your son was so proud of you, that he set out to imitate you in every aspect of his life? One might actually refer to you in a similar way as Paul did in the above verses – the love and character of your Dad radiates from you every day! Wouldn’t that be awesome? I realize that in many father and son relationships the pride of who dad is, just does not exist, for sons might be disappointed by some of the mistakes their dad made during thought times in their lives. That’s ‘water under the bridge’ as some might say, for little can be done to correct the past. But I believe there are a few things that we could learn from this Scripture today: 1). A dad who ‘came to himself’, found God, accepted His Son Jesus for the redemption of his sin, and then lived a noble life imitating the triune God, is one ‘big’, noble man that a son could be proud of! 2). You can’t do anything about your dad’s past mistakes, but you can invite Jesus into your heart and ask Him to assume lordship of your life, so that you may be the father that your son or daughter feels proud to follow. Hopefully your footsteps are worthy of being followed by all that you love. Furthermore, there is no better footsteps for you to follow than the perfect, Son of God!
Friends, when your life radiates the perfect Son of God, you will live to reflect the ideals of perfection, your love for others will become as perfect as the perfect love poured out on you by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In the end, I believe it is safe to say that our lives reflect the one(s) that we follow. What exactly might your son or daughter say about the way that you love, and the way that you live? Oh that we may be true reflections of our King, our Master, our Lord and our Savior, so that the world might see, experience and believe on Him.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You are my King! Praise God that He created You as one with Him, and that He gave You all authority in heaven and on earth. You demonstrated perfect love, like mankind has never seen before. Lord, I know that there is no one else that I should follow or imitate, for only You were created as part of the triune God. My readers and I look constantly for ways to be just like You so please fill us with wisdom, and with Your grace, so that we might look no further than all that You offer to us through the redemption of our sin, and everlasting life with the Father. May Your love be expressed through us in ways that others in our circle of friends and influence will be touched and drawn to obedience to all that You have taught to us, and demonstrated before us. May heads be turned towards the only true God, the one that we adore and worship. AMEN!
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