Friday, October 28, 2016

Prevailing Power, Availing Grace

UV 2106/10000 Prevailing Power, Availing Grace
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 on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Hebrews 1 v 3

Only the reflection of the light of the glory of God made Moses’ face radiant after his communion with Jehovah but the light of the knowledge of God shone on the face of Jesus. Jesus is the first and final and full representation of God on earth. He is the visible image of the invisible God. He being able to uphold all things by the word of His power, can He not uphold us. Despite being the fullness of God, He offered Himself as a pure sacrifice to purge us of our shortcoming of God’s glory as He alone qualified to do so. He has now restored us, each of us to the fullness of the glory and grace of God. The more unqualified we are, the less deserving we are of His glory , the more His grace works in us and for us. When we reject His offer to us, we accept the disgrace that is our lot or what we deserve.

The sun is visible in all parts of the world every morning as the morning star. It is a daily celebration of the victory of light over darkness, of good over evil. All the lesser lights of the night, the moon and the stars cannot usher in the day. Likewise, all the lesser lights of history, the great men and women of yesteryears cannot usher in salvation for mankind. Their distance from the infinitely holy and all powerful creator is too great. Their distance from us due to their physical and spiritual deaths do not allow the intimacy we have with Jesus. Jesus alone is alive and seated on high at the right hand of the Majesty that both created and rules the entire universe. He alone can influence the course of our lives. No lesser saint or preceptor can substitute for Him or compete with His infinite brightness and glory. No one else can mediate for us, not His own earthly mother or any of the apostles. Nothing created can substitute for His grace. Nothing man-made can replace Him.

God who has commanded the lights of the universe to shine has directed the light of the knowledge of God vested in Jesus to shine in our hearts to encourage us, to enthuse us, to empower us, to cause us to rejoice and to celebrate every moment of our lives. The book of Ecclesiastes rightly says, “Where the word of a king is, there is power. Who can say, “what doest thou?” Where the word of the King of kings is, there is everlasting and infinite power. We need to avail that power, that grace, that wisdom to overcome in this life even as He overcame.

Prateep V Philip

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