Some of us believe in marriage. Or in science. Or in the Bible or family or progress or equality or ....
But do you believe in Jesus? Because in these last days, God has spoken to us, definitively, by a Son, and not just any son but the Son who created all things, upholds all things in existence moment by moment, made purification for our sins, and is now seated and ruling together with His Father from a throne in heaven waiting until the day He comes back to complete His project of restoration. This Son is the ultimate revelation from God because He Himself is the exact imprint of God’s nature—they’re the same kind, have the same traits, care about the same kinds of things, have the same powers and abilities. So when Jesus offers grace, we know God is full of grace. When Jesus tells people to chill out and not worry so much about their silly and petty religious expectations, we know this truly is God’s attitude toward empty, external-only, faking-it religion. And when Jesus enters humanity, dies on its behalf for sins, and gets back up from the grave to permanently transform humanity, we know that God is both terribly grieved by the state of this world while also being fiercely committed to loving us anyway, even at great cost to Himself.
He, this Jesus, this Son, is the radiance of the glory of God. He is the brightest that God has ever shone to humanity. He’s not just a prophet. He’s not just a guy full of wisdom. He’s not just an amazing magician. He’s not just an amazing humanitarian. He’s not just a tragic figure who was unnecessarily killed by an unjust and oppressive society. He’s the brightest part of the very inner being of God. He is a Son. And whatever else we may believe in, whether it’s art or science or love or beauty or anything else, we, as a church, believe first and foremost and foundationally in Jesus because He is First and Foremost and Foundational.
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