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Christ — An Analogy

God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son … the brightness of his glory” — Hebrews 1:1a,2a,3a

How does one express infinity in finite terms? By analogies — and here is a good one.

The term translated, “Brightness”, combines two words — one meaning “off or from” and the other meaning “to beam or shine”. The analogy is that of the Sun.

We don’t actually see the Sun, we see the rays emanating from it. Though the rays and the Sun are not exactly the same they are of the same essence and power. The rays are the Sun’s agents of warmth and life — block them out and nothing is left but cold and dark.

That’s who Jesus is — the brightness of God’s glory.

The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out … This was the real light, the light that comes into the world and shines on all people. — John 1:4-6,9 (Good News Translation)

Before we object, saying this is a historically unintended view of Christ, we need to recognize these writers were not gentiles imposing their own unique interpretation but were Jews well versed in Hebrew history and culture. Having experienced Christ firsthand they saw what God really meant in the ancient Hebrew texts

[T]he Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (translation:”God with Us”) — Isaiah 7:14

— fritz@langgang.com

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God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son … by whom also he made the worlds” — Hebrews 1:1a,2

God is universally known as the creator but the Bible tells us the agent of that creation was the Son. The point here is that Jesus was not part of God’s creation but the actual creator.

Hebrews is not the only place this is said. Though the book of Genesis indicates God spoke things into existence, the Gospel of John tells us that the Word actually did it, whom we came to know as Jesus. (Maybe that is why John calls him the Word)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) – John 1:1,3,14

Jesus wasn’t (and isn’t) just a godly man who did godly things. When Thomas, the doubting disciple, bowed before the risen Jesus and exclaimed, “My Lord and My God” (John 20:28), he was right to do so.

— fritz@langgang.com

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And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. – John 1:20

I’m not the messiah. That should be obvious but sometimes I start acting as if I were — don’t you?.

Frank G. Honeycutt

Frank G. Honeycutt, Lutheran pastor and author, tells of attempts at rescuing a loved one from suffering, trying to work for justice and peace, striving to actually make a difference in complex problems only to discover “dark and evil powers that perpetuate selfishness, greed, and violence”.

There is a point any Christian reaches in their reflection and witness and disappointment where the most helpful thing to say is exactly what John said to his interrogators: “I am not the Messiah”

For those of us who’ve tried to be, there are few words as sweet.”1 – Frank G. Honneycutt

I know who IS the messiah — Jesus, and he can do all things.

1. Marry a Pregnant Virgin Unusual Bible Stories for new and Curious Christians by Frank G. Honeycutt, Augsburg Books 2008, page 27

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“God, … created all things by Jesus Christ:” – Ephesians 3:9

Essential it is to realize God, the almighty, created all things by Jesus Christ.

Paul wasn’t the only one teaching this, the apostle John wrote:

“In the beginning was the Word … through him all things were made … though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him … the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” John 1 (NIV)

Just as the physical body is our method of interacting in this world and each other so Jesus is, and always has been, God’s way of interaction with his Universe.

Paul clarifies that it was not just “Christ” but “Jesus Christ” who is one and the same.

Think about that the next time someone tries to tell you Jesus was just a prophet, teacher, or good man.

– fritz

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“[A]s many as received [Jesus], to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born … of God. And the Word was made flesh …” – John 1:12-14

“God has a face and it looks like your face and my face. If people want to know what he looks like they will be looking at you and me … People are looking at you and me to see if the word of God has any flesh on it.”

– Fr. Desmond Gooneskera, Rector, St. Cuthbert Episcopal Church, December 26, 2010

The Apostle Paul put it this way,

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. – 1st Corinthians 12:27

– fritz

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>No immigrant!


“The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. – Psalm 87:6

I am no immigrant in the Kingdom of God; I am born there!

[T]o all … who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God … born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. – John 1:12-13

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>The idea true Christians are to act from purely (1)altruistic motives is popular but NOT Biblical and not realistic, either!

God doesn’t expect it of us. Jesus tells us “why” we are to rejoice when persecuted, give a cup of cold water to the needy, fast and pray in secret, and even love our enemies:

“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?” – Matthew 5:46 (KJV)

The Sermon on the Mount mentions “reward” no less than nine (9) times – check it out. And compare that with the Bible’s definition of real faith:

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” – Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

Many believe in God (even the devil believes) they just don’t think diligently seeking God will give them what they want right now.

The desire for a reward is God-Given! It keeps us seeking, pushing, longing, looking until we find something that satisfies. It’s the itch that only God can scratch, and He’s not afraid to match his “rewards” with anyone.

He’s the giver of “living” water, the maker of better “wine”, the ladder that connects heaven and earth (John 1:51; Genesis 28:12) and His is the adventure that never grows old.

We all want a reward, I’ll admit that and go for it!

– Fritz

1. altruistic – the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others

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