December 24, 2016
Hebrews 1:1-4 | New International Version (NIV)
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 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. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father”?
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”?
And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
In speaking of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels spirits,
and his servants flames of fire.”
But about the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
He also says,
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”
This morning is the culmination of our Advent preparations. Jesus now is here. As I will be preaching this morning, “The Force Awakens.” Jesus Christ has come to earth as a baby – placing himself into the hands of his creation. He was a baby just like any other baby. We can say for certain that He cried – unlike the line in “Away In a Manger.” I’m sure he cried when he fell and scraped himself. Did you ever think about Jesus crying when he was teething? Jesus was fully human. As a human baby, he could not take care of himself. He was vulnerable. There is a line in the Getty hymn “Joy Has Dawned.”
Hands that set each star in place
Shaped the earth in darkness
Cling now to a mother’s breast
Vulnerable and helpless
This little baby grew in favor with God and man and became the man who would die on a cross for our sins and three days later rise again. He ascended to heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father – where he intercedes for us – and where He will reign forever.