Monday, December 25

Hebrews 1:1-12

1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,[a] whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. 3 He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains[b] all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

“I will be his Father,
    and he will be my Son”?

6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

7 Of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels winds,
    and his servants flames of fire.”

8 But of the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, is[c] forever and ever,
    and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your[d] kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
    with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

10 And,

“In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11 they will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like clothing;
12 like a cloak you will roll them up,
    and like clothing[e] they will be changed.
But you are the same,
    and your years will never end.”

Reflection

When a new baby is born, it seems like one of the first assessments that is made is who in the family the baby resembles. Comments like, “Oh, she looks just like great-uncle George!” or “Oh my, he looks just like my side of the family!”, abound. It seems as if everyone wants to claim that newborn babies look like somebody. On this Christmas morning as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who does the baby Jesus resemble? The author of Hebrews offers his claim, “He 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” (1:3). Who does the baby Jesus resemble? None other than God! With the baby Jesus, however, it is more than just a family resemblance. The baby born in the manger at Bethlehem is God. The mystery of Christmas is that all of God’s fullness comes to us wrapped in the swaddling clothes of the manger. The mystery of Christmas is that all of God’s fullness comes to us in the One who preached the good news of the kingdom, healing the sick, forgiving sins, and raising the dead. The mystery of Christmas is that all of God’s fullness comes to us in the One who is crucified on Good Friday and raised from the dead on Easter Sunday. The mystery of Christmas is that the baby Jesus not only resembles God, but the baby Jesus is God! Want to see God? Look at Jesus. Want to know God? Know Jesus. Want to follow God? Follow Jesus. In the words of John, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14).

Prayer

God of Grace, we praise you this Christmas Day for the gift of Jesus who not only looks like you, but who is you. Amen.

Written by Pastor Greg Busboom—Lead Pastor

pbusboom@stjohns-springfield.org