September 30

Hebrews 1:1-4

“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.” vss. 1-2

The folks who were writing epistles and gospels in the early Christian congregations understood that something substantial had happened in Jesus. It wasn’t just that he was a gifted teacher from Nazareth or that he was walking in the footsteps of ancient prophets, he had a connection with the Creator of the Universe. The gospel writer John said that in him the creative Word of God had been made flesh. The writer to the Hebrews says that the spoken words of Jesus were those of God’s Son, through whom the worlds were created. While we might not put it in the same way, we too share that appreciation for Jesus. He was the man from Nazareth, like us in every way, but he is also the Light of the World, and in him we are connected to the Divine Presence. Of course we can see that same presence in others too–and even in ourselves on our better days. (After all, the Spirit works in a variety of ways.) But still, there’s something about Jesus that provides a focus for us. In him we are kept grounded and with his teachings to guide us, we are kept from making foolish and destructive choices.

Thought for the Day: What happens when I drift away from Jesus?

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