“Just as you cannot separate the sun from its brilliance, you cannot separate the Son’s radiance from the glory of His Father.” ~ Wendy Blight
“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:1-3
One of the hardest things to understand in christianity is also one of the most wonderful things about christianity, the trinity. How are God, the Father, Jesus, the Son and the Holy Spirit one in 3 persons? I don’t really know the answer to that, I just know it to be true because scripture says it.
“Jesus answered them, ‘I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.’” John 10:27-30
In this passage Jesus had been asked who He was. He had told them before and they didn’t believe them so He answered them by telling them first of all that they had already been told and didn’t believe, but that everything about Him would bear witness to the Father. I love how He goes further and is telling them, my sheep will know me, they will know my voice. But also isn’t it great to know that if you know Him, that you, your circumstances, your life, are in the Father’s hands and no one can snatch them out of His hands.
To me knowing that all things filter through His hands, even the things in my life that don’t feel good, the circumstances in my life that hurt and are hard, somehow makes it more bearable. One of my favorite ever verses in the Bible can be found in Romans.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
In my feeble mind sometimes there are hurts that are hard to reconcile to that. How do you tell a mother who has had to bury a child that all things work for good? How do you tell someone who is young, who has had to bury both parents that all things work together for good? First of all, I think we just keep turning it over to Him. When things get hard and it hurts, I pray for God to show me His goodness and His glory. And when I know people who have hurts that are bigger than my mind can conceive I keep asking God to hold them and to show them His goodness and glory. And you know what? If I, if we, if they will keep going back to Him I believe He will do it. I can’t explain how He does it. I just know He does if we give it to Him.
Before Jesus died on the cross, He prayed a prayer that is recorded in the Gospel of John in chapter 17. He was talking to His Father about the people who had been given to Him then, as well as the people who would be given to Him in the future (us).
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21
Jesus prayed for us, that we would know the Father, just as He knows the Father and just as they are one, that we may be one with them! Isn’t that incredible! Just as Ms. Wendy says that the Son’s radiance can’t be separated from the Father, we should be radiating the Father as well! We should be letting the light of Jesus and the Father shine through us. We get to be a part of His glory!
Who is El Elyon? ~ The Most High God! Let that sit with you today and remember that You get to radiate the glory of the Most High God today and that nothing that you encounter can snatch you out of His hand. He’s got you!