This is the free Student devotional for Do Over Session 2: The Gift You Can’t Give Yourself
A Majestic Son
Briefly look back through the last two devotions on majesty, then consider how God’s majesty is displayed in Jesus, His Son. Thank Jesus for what He has done in your life.
Who do people say you look like? Do you agree? Jot down or sketch some characteristics you share with that person.
With that concept in mind, read Hebrews 1:2-4 in your Bible.
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” —Hebrews 1:3
What does it mean that Jesus is the radiance of God’s nature?
“Exact expression of His nature” is from the Hebrew, charaktēr, meaning “engraving.” Used only here in the New Testament, it pictures a distinguishing mark being imprinted onto an object, like a coin. The idea is that Jesus gives us a clear picture of God’s character. How does He do that?
God’s word is a powerful force. By it, He created the world and through it, He governs the world. How does this help you to understand His majesty better?
Jesus possesses the full majesty and character of God the Father. He is God. He created the world, then took the sins of that world upon His own shoulders, making a way for our salvation and eternal life with Him.
Consider the ways Jesus gave up His majesty when He took on flesh. Meditate on what the majestic Creator and ruler of the universe gave up to die on the cross for your sins. Thank Him for His sacrifice. Journal your prayer below.
Behind the Story
The writer of Hebrews gave importance and authority to the words and actions of Jesus by setting Him apart from the prophets. Jesus didn’t just speak for God—He was God. By asserting that God spoke through Jesus “in these last days,” (v. 2) it might seem as though the writer of Hebrews thought the end of the world was near. More than likely, however, the writer meant that God spoke with finality through Jesus, His Son. Jesus is God’s ultimate revelation and the only way to be saved.
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