Running with Mark 84

 

Day 84 – March 21, 2020  

 

Read:

Hebrews 1:1-4 New Revised Standard Version

 

Here is the same reading from The Inclusive Bible.

 In  times past , god spoke in fragmentary and varied ways to our ancestors through the prophets; 2  in these final days, God has spoken to us through the only begotten, who has been made heir of all things and through whom the universe was first created. 3  Christ is the reflection of God’s glory, the exact representation of God’s being; all things are sustained by God’s powerful word. Having cleansed us from our sins, Jesus Christ sat down at the right hand of the Glory of heaven— 4  as far superior to the angels as the name Christ has inherited is superior to theirs.

 

Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Dr. Craig R. Koester writes:

The author begins by focusing on God’s methods of communication. God has spoken in many various ways through Israel’s prophets, but things take a radical turn when God communicates through an embodied Word: the Son. The writer’s opening lines encompass the Son’s inheritance of all things and his activity at creation. The writer will not let the readers’ imaginations remain impoverished with a Christ who is too small. The writer uses words like “radiance” to evoke a sense of divine light entering human sight. He speaks of “exact imprint,” using a term that could refer to the image on a coin. The imprint made visible the very being of God, which was otherwise invisible.

Then the writer sketches out a journey. He follows Jesus from death to glorious life. He goes from making purification for sins through his suffering and death, and to a place above the angels. For a moment readers are taken out of the ordinariness of their situation, as they follow Christ into the presence of God. As readers then and now are drawn into the presence of God in worship, they too go on a journey. It reorients their perception of the situation in which life is lived[1].

 

Where do you see God’s radiance breaking into our world?

 

Music:

Christ Whose Glory FIlls the Sky –Charles Wesley

Notice the images of light and radiance in this hymn.

1 Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

 

2 Dark and cheerless is the morn
unaccompanied by thee;
joyless is the day’s return
’til thy mercy’s beams I see;
’til they inward light impart,
glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

 

3 Visit, then, this soul of mine;
pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, Radiancy divine;
scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display,
shining to the perfect day.

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #156

 

 

Prayer Focus:

Pray for God’s light to break through in your life and in our world.

 

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

[1] https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2479