The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
- Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)

What a powerful scripture! The author of Hebrews packed a lot of important information in just one verse, so let’s take it apart a bit.

The first part is that Jesus, the Son, is the exact representation of God’s nature. This means that not only is Jesus God’s son, but He also is a perfect representation of God as a human being. God could have chosen to stay in the heavenly realms, not confined to time or a human body, but He chose to come to us instead through Jesus. He did this to show us how to live and to show us God’s love for us in a way that we can better understand as humans.

The second part is that God sustains all things by his powerful word. God spoke the world into existence, but He didn’t then decide to take a step back and let us figure it out for ourselves. He sent His Son to show us His love and the way of life, and then followed by sending us His Spirit to continually guide us and grow us and sustain us. We are never alone.

The third part is He had provided purification for sins. If you’ve been a Christian for a while, you may already know this, but it’s easy to forget the weight of this statement. Jesus died, so we are now free from sin! This means we no longer are dying, but are living. We no longer need to believe that things get worse as we get older, but that they grow and become better because we’re no longer dying to sin.

And lastly, Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Jesus is with God the Father, and is rooting for us to win. He doesn’t just sit there and watch what we do, He is on our team. He is for us and He believes in us to win.


God, I pray you give us wisdom for the parts of this that don’t quite make sense to our human brains. I pray that we submit our minds to you, knowing that You’re the only one with answers and with understanding for us to gain. Give us the wisdom and understanding that brings life to our souls! Amen.

- Michele Houston