Who is the Son of God? In a letter written to Jewish believers, the answer is as follows (Hebrew 1:3):
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being”
The central star of our solar system is the Sun. Interestingly the radiance of the Sun is independent of distance. At larger distances (e.g. on Mars) the Sun appears smaller but not less bright. Jesus reminds me of this wonderful aspect of light. The brilliance of His light is undiminished by distance. Even from far away we can notice Him.
Light is both particle and wave; one would think particle and wave are mutually exclusive – light is either a particle or a wave – still, light is both. Following are some well-known facts about God that are also mutually exclusive:
– Jesus called himself the Son of Man and at the same time He is the Son of God.
– God is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, which are three entities. At the same time God says of Himself that He is “One” (Deuteronomy 6:4):
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
Embracing paradox, we get inspired. In a roundabout way, we understand God better when we acknowledge that there are things we don’t understand. And accepting that God is mysterious, we actually grow closer to Him – which is another paradox if you will.
The author of the letter to the Hebrews wrote that Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father. Notice that the left side of the Father is not mentioned. I would assume the Holy Spirit sits on His left side, but that seat is currently empty. Jesus returned to the Father while the Holy Spirit was poured out globally to spread the knowledge of God.
Lastly, this powerful verse in same letter talks about a wonderful gracious act. Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and here is the action: Jesus purified us before He sat down at the right hand of the Father.
If you have ever seen a diamond in the rough, then you would agree that there is not much of a diamond to be seen in its original state. The processing of a diamond goes through several stages until it gets to be a crown jewel. The beauty of our salvation story is that God saw the diamond in us when nobody else could. Jesus purified us so we can shine and show our true colors – a story of wonder is the story of grace.