Wednesday Holy Week
Heb 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
I am again amazed at who the Godhead sent to save me (and you!). Who would dream that the Father would send his Son? This Jesus, who was the exact radiance of his glory and who sustained all things. (A little study reveals that Jesus was the perfect picture of the Fathers character and glory and that the universe that he would enter into was upheld by the proclamation of his mouth!) The writer almost passes over the entire event of the cross. He refers to the sacrifice, the agony, the pain and death simply as "providing purification". We know from reading the accounts of the gospels that this was emotional and physically painful. Why gloss over Calvary then? Because we emotional human beings get caught up in the groanings and agony and loose site of what it was that Jesus was after- what he was procuring for you and I. He was after the purification of his church.
Amazingly God not only demands that you be holy (Be ye holy...) but makes every heavenly effort to insure that your holiness is worked inside you. Praise to God who is moving heavens and earth in order to purify me! But why? because he desires your intimacy and fellowship.
When all else is said and done at the foot of the cross- we are closer to God and purified from our sin. What then does Jesus continue to do? He sits down on the right hand of the Majesty on high- because all the working that needs to be done has been done. All that is left is to intercede that the finished work of the cross- all that God has prepared and promised is brought to fullness in our hearts and lives. Let it be so, Lord.
It is finished!