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Seeing Clearly Is Important

Hebrews 1:3

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Seeing clearly is important. I’m understanding – that the older we get – the more light we need to see. For instance – I used to be able to see things in the dark – now I need some – maybe even a lot of light – in order to see. Like my iPad gets the brightness turned up to max when I preach without my glasses – it really helps. Light helps us see things.

Seeing clearly is important. My wife did some remodeling of our home and one of the things she did was had us install new LED lights throughout the house. With less wattage used – the brightness has improved – and we can see better. We had to return some bulbs because the same wattage was too much in some rooms. Speaking of seeing clearly – two new mirrors and better lighting in the master bathroom shows way too many wrinkles on my face – just saying! I was wondering why we had a picture of my father in the bathroom when looking into the mirror.

Seeing clearly is important. I remember as a child looking into a clear pond and seeing the trees around the pond. It was like I was looking in a mirror – the water was so still and clear and reflected the surrounding area perfectly. Someone could have shaved in the reflection on that pond.

Seeing clearly is important. Today’s passage reminds us that Jesus is a perfect reflection of the Father. Here it is in partial context. Hebrews 1:1–4 – 1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

Seeing clearly is important. Jesus is the reflection of the Father – and guess what dear readers – we are called to be a clear reflection of Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:16–21 – 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Seeing clearly is important. We are called to be a clear reflection of Jesus who is a clear reflection of the Father. We can only do this as the Holy Spirit works in us – thru us – and in spite of us. If we don’t already – let’s start everyday by praying this short prayer (or something like it) – Dear Lord – help me today to reflect Jesus so that others may see Him clearly in my life.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. Yesterday I began my 6th year of ministry at First UMC of Laurel and my 43rd year of ministry. I pray each day for the Holy Spirit to refresh me and remake me to let Jesus be clearly seen in me. Some days I’m a better reflection than others and some days I’m a blurred reflection – but I still pray for the Holy Spirit to work in me – thru me – and in spite of me.

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