The Most Excellent Name

Monday, December 09, 2019

We don’t (or at least I don’t) often think of the book of Hebrews as part of the Christmas story. And while not directly mentioning Bethlehem or the first Christmas, that New Testament book opens with a discussion of Jesus coming into the world.

Jesus enthronedThis particular portion of scripture paints a big picture. It opens by mentioning how God, long ago, chose to speak through the prophets. Then it jumps to “these last days” and how God speaks to us through His Son, who is “the exact representation of His (God’s) nature.”

The writer then reminds us that Jesus accomplished the saving of our lost souls on the cross and then, with that finished, “He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

The story of Christmas is inextricably a part of the larger story of eternity, of our own stories. From before creation to the end of time and into eternity Christmas plays a central role in God’s divine plan and when we view our own stories as part of that larger one we can find hope in each chapter.

This week during Middays Prayer Time, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, I’ll be sharing from this first chapter of Hebrews.

Mon 12/09               Hebrews 1:1 – 2
Tue 12/10                Hebrews 1:3 – 4
Wed 12/11               Hebrews 1:5 – 7
Thu 12/12                Hebrews 1:8 – 9
Fri 12/13                  Hebrews 1:10 – 12

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