New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they
These words resonated in my spirit as I walked to work this morning. Everything was covered with snow, the clouds hovered near the mountaintop and the sun was just trying to peek through. I should have taken the bus because the sidewalks were treacherous but it was so beautiful out and I had extra time to be careful, so I walked instead. I just couldn't help but tell the Lord over and over again how beautiful everything was. Only He could dream up something this breathtaking!
About 7 minutes into my walk, the sun popped through the clouds. It's rays shone down like majestic waterfalls until they reached the tops of the mountain. Suddenly I needed sunglasses because the ice in the snow that stuck to everything began to glisten in the sun. "Wow, I thought, that snow is bright!" And then the Lord brought the above passage of scripture to my mind.
God reminded me that while the snow and ice was the object of the reflection, it was not the source of the reflection.
3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,...
Jesus was an exact representation of the Father. The light of the Father shone through the Son. "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father", Jesus said. In essence what we saw was the Father through the Son. There was nothing blocking or hindering the light of heaven from reflecting through Christ and into the world.
Just as clouds can block the sun's reflecting light or dust can block a mirror's reflection, so secret sin, pride, worldliness, selfish ambition and vainglory can block the effects of the light of God. The more they are present, the dimmer the reflection.
I want the Son to be so bright in my life that it blinds others and causes them to cry out to the source of that light. Scripture tells us that as we humble ourselves before the Lord that He will lift us up. We know that Christ laid down His glory to dwell in human flesh. Christ's humility in walking as an exact reflection of the Father resulted in His exaltation forevermore. God has promised us no less. The more that we are like Christ, the more of God that can be reflected into a dying world. As they see His reflection in us their eyes will turn and fix their gaze on the source of all light.
Isaiah prophesied and said:
“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 “For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
3 “Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
Let Him shine, let Him shine, let Him shine!