Seven Glories of Jesus Christ
Christmas is a time to reflect on the person and divinity of Jesus Christ. While the world seems to want to push Jesus farther and farther away from Christmas, we, as believers need to, with conviction, share and hold fast to the truth. We need to speak about Jesus with the authority of God’s truth, not in a mean or condemning way, but with from our hearts to a world that’s lost.
The book of Hebrews, in just three short verses, gives us seven radical truths about Jesus Christ. These are remarkable truths that give us not just insight into Jesus, but also a platform of conviction upon which we can boldly stand.
Hebrews 1:1–3 says, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
Jesus is God’s Final Word. God spoke at various times and in different ways through the prophets, by revelations, dreams, visions, and illustrations, all to reveal His nature, character and redemptive plan. But now, in Jesus, His Son, the complete revelation of God’s nature and redemptive plan has been spoken. All that God is, is Jesus and all that Jesus is, is God. God has spoken to us finally and completely in the person of Jesus Christ, His Son.
Jesus is Appointed Heir. As God’s Son, Jesus inherits everything of the Father. Matthew 11:27 tells us, “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” It’s important for us to realize that “all” means “ALL!” Jesus is Lord over all things. He inherited all things.
Jesus is the Divine Creator. He’s not just a baby in the manger. He’s the Divine Creator (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). The Scriptures could not be clearer—not only was He involved in creation, it was all for Him! No wonder, when he came down from Heaven and was born a human man in Bethlehem, that creation erupted.
Jesus is Unique Divine Expression. Jesus is the “only begotten” “uniquely born” glory of the Father. He is the very brightness of God’s glory, but it didn’t come at “birth” as a created person, Jesus had and was that glory before the world began. When we see Him, we see God.
Jesus is Omnipotent Sustainer of All Life. Jesus holds all things together by the power of His Word, While scientists are trying to figure out how atoms are held together, the Bible has said for two thousand years that the Creator and Sustainer of all life is Jesus Christ. When I consider all the other glories of His Person, it doesn’t surprise me that He’s holding it all together!
Jesus is Our Sacrificial Redeemer. When we consider all that He is, it’s amazing that He is also The One who willingly sacrificed Himself to redeem us from our sins. It blows me away when I think that He redeemed us by Himself. He didn’t send an angel, or create someone else for the painful job of taking, upon himself or herself, the punishment for the sin of the world (my sin, your sin and everyone in the world. It boggles the mind).
Luke Timothy Johnson in his commentary on the book of Hebrews sums up these incredible glories of Jesus Christ. He wrote, “Hebrews immediately makes clear that ‘Son of God’ means more than the metaphor that was routinely applied to ancient kings. This Son is the heir of all things, is the one through whom God created the world, and upholds the universe by his word of power. These three expressions place the Son at the origin of all things with God, sustaining all things, and, at the end, receiving all things.”
Isn’t that why we celebrate Christmas?
I’ll end with a challenge from Calvin Miller. He wrote, “Christmas is a door thrown open, a season like few others. Christ is the first part of the word Christmas—a syllable of joy on everyone’s tongue. Are your eyes open wide? Is your heart alive with the hope of pointing someone to a gift like none other? Promise you’ll be watching, listening, sharing.”
 Calvin Miller, The Christ of Christmas: Readings for Advent—31 Days of Devotions, (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2002, 2006), eBook edition