jump to navigation

Jesus, Sustainer of Life – North Star 2.5 (Hebrews 1:3) November 16, 2007

Posted by dan snyder in Bible: New Testament, Jesus Christ, NorthStar 2.0 (Heb 1).
Tags: , , , , , ,
add a comment

“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.” (Hebrews 1:3a, NLT)

The voice of God in Jesus nourishes and keeps the universe. All that is needed to survive robustly comes from the “powerful word” of Jesus. “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

When I or my church or my family or my neighborhood are feeling depleted it is because the “seed” of His voice is falling on hard soil. It is not that He is not speaking. His voice goes out over the whole earth continually sustaining everything that lives – evidence of His voice. Repenting of the belief that He has stopped speaking and receiving the “powerful word” will fill those barren, dry, empty, weary places to regenerate life.

The voice of God in Jesus holds the universe together. Planets and atoms stay in perfect orbits by His “powerful word”.

When I or my church or my family of my neighborhood are feeling that things are unraveling it is because the “seed” of His voice is falling on hard soil. It is not that His voice has stopped or that He has abandoned us to silence. That planets are not colliding, that elementary particles are not imploding are evidence of His “keeping” voice. Repenting of the belief that He has gone silent and receiving His “powerful word” will restore order to chaos and mission to aimlessness and purposelessness.

Jesus does not sustain with a storehouse and a shovel. His voice is sufficient. For He has in Himself everything to sustain.

Jesus does not hold-together with duct tape and His hands. His voice is sufficient. For it is powerful enough, yet tender enough, to hold everything together.

Are you feeling a need for his Voice to hold you together today?

Advertisements

Jesus, The Son (part 2) – North Star 2.4 (Hebrews 1:3) November 14, 2007

Posted by dan snyder in Bible: New Testament, NorthStar 2.0 (Heb 1).
Tags: , , , , , , ,
add a comment

“And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God.”  (Hebrews 1:2-3, NLT)

A son carries the image of his father. So when Jesus becomes God’s Word – to show the world God’s nature and mission – He carries in Himself the essence and image of God making Him the most perfect Messenger. The living, healing message of God won’t any longer get lost in translation for those who honestly and humbly hear the message in the Son.

He is the reflection of God’s glory. His life and words display the fullness of the Creator’s majestic nature. As the Son, not only does He best know about God the Father having been with the Father, but He also has that essence in Him giving way to deeper, inherent knowing. Bearing the God image exactly makes it impossible for Him to not bring glory-charged messages. By reflecting the glory, Jesus keeps none for Himself (glory is reflected fully, not absorbed). And since the Father/Creator is the source of glory, the Son transmits the glory to all creation ensuring that God’s perfections are known, seen and heard.

Seekers (those looking for the God who made them and for what He says about you) can immerse their imaginations in Jesus – to know God, know the Son. Jesus has been sent from the Father so that the greatness of His love will be known. Seeing Jesus gives us knowledge of the nature and mission of God.

North Star 1.1 Genesis 1:1-3 October 29, 2007

Posted by dan snyder in Bible: Old Testament, NorthStar 1.0 (Gen 1).
Tags: , , , , ,
add a comment

Before God speaks all is formless and void. God is present. The framework is in place. But creation at its best prior to the voice/intervention of God is “chaos”.

Chaos in Genesis 1:1-2 is not the random beauty of the creation we see today. An uncultivated forest is random, but it is not “chaos”. Chaos is the absence of order. Chaos is frenetic confusion. It has no form or shape by which to invite participation. Chaos is empty and meaningless. It is dark and attracts no attention – no one even notices what is not there.

This is the stage upon which Jesus Christ enters. He is the firstborn of all Creation (Colossians 1:15-20). As the first upon the scene all eyes are upon Him. Everything from this point onward takes its cue from Him – lines up around Him. Meaningless chaos now has meaning. The hollow emptiness is now filled to capacity with Him. Everything that is created from this point onward will literally be in Him. There is no space in the universe with unfilled space. He fills it all. And fills it to capacity. Creation fits into space already touched by His glorious Presence. From now on when something is created it shares space – molecules – with Jesus Christ. All Creation gets its life, its existence, from this Source of Life – Jesus, the Firstborn over all Creation.