Hebrews 1:3: A Picture of God’s Character


“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down, at the right hand of the Majesty on high” 

Hebrews 1:3 ESV

This verse is all about Jesus. In this passage, the author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was all that is God – the God that is in charge of the whole universe and the God that took care of our sins – here on Earth. God revealed himself and his glory to us through Jesus! 

a perfect depiction of God’s character

After years of people having no direct access to God, suddenly there was a perfect depiction of God here with us in Jesus. God loved us that much to send a living and breathing person to us so that we might be able to understand his nature a little more. Then, that same perfect and divine version of himself was crucified so that we could FOREVER be able to access God unlike the people before Jesus ever had.

Not only did Jesus come and die so that we could be free from our sins, but he came so that we could have an example of what following God looks like. Jesus lived in our broken and crazy world and lived a pure and holy life, devoted to loving and serving God and others. By doing this, he revealed to us how we should live.

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The whole story of Jesus says tons about the character of God that we get to experience today. When he sent his Son to Earth so that we may know him more fully, that shows that he is both thoughtful and radical with the ways that he loves us. When Jesus was crucified, it demonstrated a love that is powerful. Powerful enough to forgive all of our sins, give us direct access to the Father, and to change our story forever.

Let the story of Jesus really affect you. Meditate on it. Read more about it. Think about just how wildly amazing it is. He didn’t have to send his son Jesus, but he did. He thought we were worth it! We get to live in that today!


God, thank you for sending Jesus to Earth to live and die so that I may have full access to you. Thank you for what you taught us about life and your character through your Son. Help me to live a life that looks more like Jesus. Amen. 

– Sarah T. 

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