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Hebrews 1:1-6

Key Verse:

2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,

whom he appointed the heir of all things,

through whom also he created the world.

Reflection:

Condescension. Like so many sturdy words, it has been sullied in a morally flattening world. But it is still a beautiful word. God imagined the physical universe and then spoke it into existence through Jesus. He implanted the world with humans who would live to the rhythm of time. He assigned an infinitesimally tiny corner of it to them. And even as he did so, he knew.

It didn’t take too long for the very first man and woman to rip the fabric of creation. Fear became so ever-present that generations forth never breathed air free of its stench. Man hated God again and again and again, even as he required His help. How long would God tolerate fickle humanity? In spite of the failure of the race, God rarified a remnant. My steadfast love will not fail you. He said it again and again and again across thousands of years. He gave the Law. He sent prophets. And even as he did so, he knew.

I told Jeanne recently that the quickest way for me to know if I trust someone is to imagine that person raising our children. Nothing that has ever happened exceeds the Father’s sending his beloved Son into space and time. Not the act of creation itself. Not the Fall. The incarnation was a ripping of a kind that restructured the human story, declawed pain and death and hopelessness, that gave hope to people and turned their eyes toward that hope.

Condescension. He who is the Creator, the heir of all things, the one who at this exact moment upholds the universe, condescended to babyness, adolescence, adulthood, was never married but was wed to misunderstanding and false judgment and pain and the terror of separation from the Father with whom he was eternally one. What would become of the last Word who spoke the very words of life? The Father allowed the travesty of the cross. But even as He did so, he knew.

Tommy Austin

Prayer:

Father, thank you for your endless patience with us, your people. Implant your Word in our hearts that we may believe that your steadfast love still holds true for us.

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1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 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, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

“I will be to him a father,
    and he shall be to me a son”?

And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

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