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In our Epistle for Christmas day we read about Jesus, the very special one, God the Son. Hebrews chapter one calls him the way that God has revealed himself in these last days, one who has surpassed all the angels.
In Greek, more than in English, adjectives of “greatness” tend to show certain types of greatness. Here Jesus is presented as being of greater value and authority than anyone else. He is the one who is worthy of all worship, honor, and praise.
How do we receive this Jesus? Do we think of him as part of the created order or as the one through whom all things are created? Do we think of him as someone who would like to see everything put in order but may be frustrated? Do we see him as he is, the one who who did put everything in order and will restore that order when he comes again?
As we remember the first coming of Jesus, born and laid in a manger, may we also recall that he is the one whose authority is far above all principalities, all powers, and the angels in heaven. This is the kind of Lord who is recognized at Christmas.
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