The Son; April 20, 2020

Hebrews 1:1-2 In the past God spoke to our forefathers 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 he made the universe.

You could say that Jesus was God’s “Show and Tell” to mankind. As this says, God spoke to mankind through many different prophets, and they spoke in a wide variety of circumstances, both accompanied by miracles and otherwise, but only some of the people paid attention some of the time. The ultimate expression of who and what God is, is He Himself, and that is what Christ is, as it says in the very next verse. This is why Jesus said, in the upper room just before His crucifixion, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) If you want to know about God, look at Jesus. We get tied in linguistic and logical knots talking about the Trinity, but I try to express it by saying that the Creator divided His own heart and sent part of Himself to earth as His Son, and since the Father and Son are one, (John 10:30) it follows that His/their Spirit is the Holy Spirit. That’s why John could write, “No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (1 John 2:23) People in many religions seek their Creator, but it all comes down to something else Jesus said in that upper room: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.” (John 14:6-7) There are some who get so caught up in seeking the Holy Spirit that they seem to forget that He’s the Spirit of Jesus. We are told to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18) but that’s just another way of saying to be in Christ and Christ be in us and us abide in His Word. It’s all just different ways of talking about the same thing. Splitting hairs doesn’t draw us closer to God! The point is to be fully submitted to God, receiving all that He says and does through His Son by His Spirit.

Well, I almost confused myself with all of that! I need to remember that it really is beyond the power of human intellect to grasp it all; it requires direct revelation from our Creator. This is why I’m not to try to drag people into the Kingdom with intellectual arguments, but rather let the Holy Spirit open people’s eyes through what He speaks through me. An atheist recently replied to one of my blog posts by saying that my god was unnecessary and so was I. I didn’t “approve” his comment, because I found it very sad, and I want my blog to lift people up. I pray for him, and for all who actively reject their Creator, and I wonder what emotional wounds he carries that make him respond that way. For myself, I am to focus on God’s incredible grace toward me and toward all mankind, allowing Him to use me to draw more and more people to Himself so that they may find the love and life they deeply and instinctively desire.

Father, thank You for this Word. Now I know why the devil was working so hard to distract me when I started my devotions! Help me be your “Show and Tell” just as Jesus was, (John 20:21) so that many may see Your love and grace through me and repent and believe, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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