Hebrews 1:3 (New International Version, ©2011)
3 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.
I love the way the world is discounting Christianity these days, and relegating it to being just another religion. Worse yet, many Christians would rather quietly practice their personal faith, than have any confrontation about Christianity. We struggle today with another religion that claims to be the true religion and calls itself a religion of peace, while many millions of its practitioners supress their own people and murder many others for the sake of their god. Meanwhile, people in our country would just as soon place all religions on an equal footing and ask that we all just get along.
The statement from Paul's letter to the Jewish people is a very radical statement. It was radical then and it is even more radical now, because if it is the truth, as I know it is, then it truly offends many people. Why is it offensive? Because if Jesus is who he said he is, then many people will be left having to answer for their personal life of sin. Either you accept God's gift of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ as payment, or you are left standing alone before a mighty and powerful God who will judge you guilty for what you do in this life.
Most would rather take their chances, or believe that the scales of justice will fall on the "good" side, rather than accept this easy payment plan that Jesus provides. Why not be safe than sorry? Jesus Christ, the exact represenation of God is waiting to offer you his Way out. Why not accept his offer while you still can?
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