In the past God spoke to our ancestors 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 also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.
There is no doubt that there is nothing more important or basic in our thinking than what we think about God (A.W. Tozer). There are all kinds of thoughts in the world about God. From the idea that there is no god, to the belief that God controls everything. The debate over how God could be great and at the same time good, or good and at the same time great. Enough on God to make one’s head spin, if one gets into even the basic issues on this.
In scripture we find that God has revealed God’s Self (or I continue to write, “himself,” though I know God is neither male nor female, but that God’s image encompasses both, or perhaps better put, male and female are made in the image of God, as we read in Genesis), indeed God has spoken with a final word, no less than God’s Son, Jesus.
If we want to know God, then we need to look to Jesus. We need to read all of scripture through the revelation given in scripture of Jesus. That little baby born in Bethlehem so many years ago is indeed God’s final word to us.
God speaks and life comes into being (Genesis). God spoke and new life came into this world in his Son. New life. Present for everyone, indeed for everyone to receive, in which humans are meant to live, the true life by which humans really live.
This is a God-thing, but it is also a human thing. God enters into our world, yes, even into our humanity, to bring humanity into God’s new world, the new creation. In deep humility, a humility which strikes at the heart of the problem: sin. He provided purification for sins through the once for all sacrifice of himself, as the great high priest from God to us, and representing us to God. We may not understand well, or even much at all concerning this sacrifice for our sins. But all we need to do is accept this gift for ourselves, that our sins are forgiven in Jesus, and new life is given to us in him.
God’s final word is Jesus, called “the Word.” Let’s marvel at that word to us, to the world, to all creation, this wonderful Advent time, as we thank God and revel in, as well as share this wonderful gift together in Jesus to the world.