The Shining

Advent thoughts from my Bible Study in Hebrews 1

In the past God spoke through the prophets, but now He speaks through His Son, who is “the radiance of His glory and the exact imprint of His nature” (Hebrews 1:2). Translators search the English language for words to express a glory beyond words. The Amplified Version unpacks the verse this way: “He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature.” Andrew Murray used the words “effulgence” and “outshining.”

EFFULGENCE: flash out (light); shine out brilliantly, splendid radiance, resplendid, outshining

In this Advent season, I think of the “radiance” of the glory of God coming to earth in flesh. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

I consider the “effulgence” of God

being born of a woman,

born in a stable.


I am stunned that the “outshining” of God

“…Was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not                           know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him” (John                         1:10,11).

How do I even consider putting the word “humble” beside “the out-raying or radiance of the divine”? But that is what I see everywhere. In His first recorded interaction with people, the boy Jesus is asking questions (Luke 2:46). Effulgence asking questions!

Radiant expression of the Holy and Eternal God, humble, heading for the Cross, now exalted in glory at the Father’s right hand, I worship You. Thank You for coming. Thank You for showing us the Father.







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