Reading Hebrews 1 today, and verse 3 really jumped off the page.
"who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3, NKJV)
Upholding: Uphold (keep from falling), the preserver of the universe.
All things: in an absolute sense, all things collectively, the totality of created things, the universe of things
Word: declaration of one's mind made in words, God's omnipotent command
Power: the word uttered by his power, equivalent to his most powerful will and energy; ability and strength
Just stop and think for a moment of the power and authority that Jesus has...... yet, He was still willing to die on the cross and bear my (our) sin and endure the wrath of God — I'm at a loss for words.... awe struck.... when you grasp that reality......if you can.
The power that Jesus Christ has — yet because He loved me (us), He willingly bore the wrath of God Almighty (His Father), and died, so that I (we) can have eternal life free from God's wrath.
The preserver of the universe, the One who created and holds everything together, the One who has the ability and strength to create and sustain — paid the price for my (our) sin.
Jesus Christ is better—
I'm looking forward to this morning's message on Jesus Christ is better - than Angels and Prophets from Hebrews.
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