August 23, 2019

Radiance of His Glory - Hebrews 1:1-4

"Hey to tour the Sistine chapel in Rome, with literally hundreds of one of accounting masterpieces of Michelangelo painted with intricate precision for the marveling eyes of the world to see. God, the creation, Jesus, the early saints of the faith. Definitely some of the world's true great wonders. And then to see the ornate wonderland there is to see the very mind of perhaps the greatest painter of all time. The beholder is never the same."

Family Discussion:

  1. How does knowing Jesus teach us so much about the heart of God himself?
  2. What are some characteristics of this man named Jesus that causes you to marvel at the nature of God?

Transcription:

00:13 I'm so excited to share the scripture with you today. It is definitely one of my favorites. If you want a little piece of scripture to hide in your heart, that'll come back and smile at you all day long. This is a great place to start. We're in the book of Hebrews Chapter One verses one through four and it says this, listen to this. This is awesome. "God, after he spoke long ago to the fathers and the prophets in many portions and in many ways in these last days has spoken to us in his son whom he appointed heir of all things through whom also he made the world and he is the radiance of his glory and the exact representation of his nature and upholds all things by the word of power. When he had made purification for our sins, he sat down at the right hand of the majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as he has inherited a more excellent name than they." The radiance of His glory.

01:13 Hey to tour the Sistine chapel in Rome, with literally hundreds of one of accounting masterpieces of Michelangelo painted with intricate precision for the marveling eyes of the world to see. God, the creation, Jesus, the early saints of the faith. Definitely some of the world's true great wonders. And then to see the ornate wonderland there is to see the very mind of perhaps the greatest painter of all time. The beholder is never the same. The experience is one that lingers in your mind for a lifetime. And then on the other side of the world, you know to watch, you know, Duke basketball, you know in the late nineties and the 21st century final four appearance after final four back to back, you know, national championships is to see the best in basketball coaching. The Maestro is perhaps the greatest basketball coach since John Wooden of UCLA.

02:14 Coach K they call Mike Shashefski. The man is a true genius. And to see a Shashefski team is to see an intricately knitted heirloom. Five players performing perfectly as one heartbeat. Trust, faith, fluidity, and precision. He painted across the canvas of the hardwood floor on which they play. A 60 minute Duke UNC performance as a portrait for the mind of its creator. And then to see the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and to set your receiving ears a drift in the sea of perfectly harmonized and synchronize artists in their instruments is to experience a musical paradise. Woodwind, strings, bass, percussion, all flowing like a Hawaiian wave into the seashore of our minds. The beautiful misur, and it's tiny baton. Every minute of movement communicating exact instructions to Viola to second chair, piccolo, third chair, kettle drums, xylophone. To experience such an event in Carnegie Hall with Misur is to see a glimpse of the conductor whose expertise would be proudly enshrine with the likes of Beethoven, Muck, Bach and Mendelssohn.

03:25 And then to see a Maui sunset. A star blazed nighttime sky from a top Mount Kilimanjaro, or to see Niagara Falls, multicolored rainbow strewn in the fog of early spring is to see the strokes of the brush of the creator of the universe. But so much more to look into the eyes of a meek, gentle, compassionate, 33 year old man hanging willfully on a Roman cross, crushed by the burdens and the sins of a fallen world is to see into the heart of the all Mighty One. The omnipotent one. The unfailing one who loves you so much that he couldn't bear the thought of spending eternity without you. My question for you today is this, how does knowing Jesus teach us so much about the heart of God himself? And what are some characteristics of this man named Jesus that causes you to marvel at the nature of God?

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