“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.” Hebrews 1:3a
I read this verse yesterday and it has me a bit captivated. I haven’t been able to shake it. It’s such a powerful description of Jesus. The radiance of the glory of God. The exact imprint of His nature. He upholds the universe by the word of His power.
We look to Jesus and we behold the glory of God. The glory written about by prophets in the Old Testament, referencing fire and precious stones. In Ezekiel’s words, “Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking” (Ezekiel 1:28). This is the indescribable beauty of our Savior.
In Christ, we see the exact imprint of the nature of God. The God who calls us to holiness. The God who calls out our hypocrisy and sin. The God who beckons us to follow Him, to know true life and experience the sweetness of His forgiveness and grace. As we read through the accounts of Jesus’ life, we see God’s nature lived out. We see it in every conversation, every responsive action, every time Jesus reached out to touch those cast out and reviled by society. It should fill our hearts with wonder that this is our God. Not one who praises our power, accomplishments, success and societal status. But rather a God who is drawn to the weak, the weary, and the sick. A God who reaches out to the sinner who has no hope. Our God draws near to the humble and poor, those who see that they have nothing, and He gives them everything. Because He gives them Himself. To all who take refuge in His name, He promises strength, rest, and everlasting faithfulness.
The last phrase in this sentence is probably my favorite: “He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” The entire universe, upheld by the word of His power. What a breathtaking statement on the greatness of our God. If He is able to uphold the universe with a word, how much more will He uphold you, His precious, beloved child? In sickness. In pain. In despair. In darkness. In fire. In temptation. In exhaustion. He holds us in His hands. He surrounds us as the mountains surround Jerusalem. He upholds us with His steadfast love. His grace is sufficient for us in all things. We live in His strength and walk in His faithfulness. What comfort and assurance we have in knowing that the God who loves us, chooses us, and keeps us is the One with such power that He upholds the universe with a mere word.