Read: Hebrews 1:1-4
Reflect: The Book of Genesis tells us that in the early dawn of human existence, the close relationship God intended to have with humankind was shattered by deception and rebellion. The crafty serpent insinuated doubts about God’s trustworthiness as he tempted Eve with the forbidden fruit. “Did God say…? You will not die, for God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened…” (Genesis 3:1-5) In other words, God is a liar and deceiver.
Humankind took the bait. We began to believe lies about God. Sin entered the world, with all its resulting brokenness.
God did not give up on us, though. Passionately desiring that we should know him, God persevered through the ages in revealing himself. Ultimately, he sent his Son, a perfect revelation of God’s very being. The one through whom God created the worlds entered his own creation to live and die among us, fully expressing God’s glory, grace and truth. (John 1:14) The way he lived, the words he spoke, his teaching, miracles, prayers, self-giving sacrifice, death, resurrection and ascension completely revealed God’s character and ways. So completely, in fact, that the job was done! Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Sat down because he had forever cancelled sin’s claims on us, and led captivity captive. Sat down because he had shown once and for all that God is for us, and that we can trust in his goodness, faithfulness and steadfast love.
Jesus promises us that if we continue in his word, we shall know the truth, and the truth shall set us free. (John 8:31-32). So let us turn our eyes to Christ, believe him, and let him show us who God is.
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Discuss: What are some ways God has shown you his steadfast love and faithfulness? Are there stories in the gospels that especially speak to your heart about who God is?
Pray: Heavenly Father, help us to trust in your steadfast love and faithfulness as we grow to know who you truly are. Glory to you, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask and imagine. May your name be held in honor in our lives. (Prayer adapted from the Book of Common Prayer.)