Wednesday, March 14, 2012

“[Christ] who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews 1:3)

There is no one like Jesus. He stands alone above all men—towering above all those whom the world accord with greatness—higher than the heavens are above the earth, He is of infinite worth. There is none like Him.

All alone of any man, can Jesus Christ claim to be the very brightness of God’s glory. God shares His glory with none other—it is the essence of all God is—and yet, Jesus is unique in that He claims that glory—he being not only man, but God Himself.

All alone of any man, can Jesus attest to being the express image of God’s person. He said that to see Him was to see the Father. In perfection, He reflected the nature and attributes of Deity. To look into the face of Christ is to gaze into the face of God.

All alone of any man, does Jesus profess to upholding all things by the word of His power. That same power which spoke the worlds into existence, now keeps them in their orbit. The matter, which came together, when He said, “Let there be…and there was” now remains together by the sheer voice of command from Christ. The very molecular structure of the universe would unravel without His word!

All alone, Jesus brought salvation and by Himself purged our sins. No other blood was precious enough to pay the price for sin. No other blood was pure enough to be worthy. No other blood was powerful enough to purge condemnation from our record. He hung on that cross alone. None would aid Him. Friends forsook Him, followers denied and betrayed Him, family was powerless to help Him and the Father—oh, the incomprehensible agony—the Father rejected Him.! All alone, suspended between heaven and earth on a cursed tree—as if neither earth nor heaven would have Him—Jesus dies for us—all alone.

All alone, sealed in a sepulcher of stone—shut up in the darkness of the tomb—His lifeless corpse reclines in death. All alone, He steps into Hades, the world of the dead, looks across the abyss where demons are chained and proclaims His triumph over them. All alone, He seizes the keys of death, hell and the grave. All alone, He unlocks the door and empties paradise of the souls of the Old Testament saints, including the repentant thief who has died on Golgotha also that day. All alone, Christ escorts these believers into God’s presence, their debt of sin paid in full, the righteousness of their faith secured.

All alone, Jesus breaks the bonds of death—shattering them and destroying death’s sting forever! All alone He rises from the dead and bursts from the tomb! All alone hope that was nailed to a cross, locked up in a grave, blooms in fragrance of eternal life—hope unconquerable, love unquenchable, joy unspeakable!

All alone, He ascended back to the glory from which He had come, and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. He alone is qualified to occupy that place! Jesus, Son of God—our Savior—King of kings and Lord of lords! He stands alone in eternity—where He will be worshipped forever and ever—for He alone is worthy!

8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A
scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. ‎9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” ‎10 And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. ‎11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; ‎12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” ‎13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? (Hebrews1:8-13)

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