【来1:3】他是 神荣耀所发的光辉，是 神本体的真像，常用他权能的命令托住万有。他洗净了人的罪，就坐在高天至大者的右边。
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 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. Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV84)
Could a gift ever be more magnificent than what was wrapped up in that manger on the first Christmas night? To the uninformed eye, he looked like nothing more than a baby—seven or eight pounds of flesh and blood—shivering in the cold. So meek, so mild. So fragile, so frail. But looks can be deceiving. The baby wrapped up in that manger was so much more. The writer to the Hebrews reveals him for what he truly is—God’s own Son! As the “heir of all things,” he was
the Owner of all things. As the one through whom God “made the universe,” he was the Creator of all things. As “the radiance of God’s glory,” he possessed the entire array of all of God’s divine attributes. As “the exact representation of God’s being,” this baby in the manger wasn’t just like God, he was God!
When the full magnitude of the holy writer’s words hits home, maybe “magnificent” isn’t the right word to use. Could a gift ever be more terrifying than what was wrapped up in that manger on the first Christmas night?
There he was—the one true God who created and controls all things with his almighty power and limitless authority—taking on flesh and making his dwelling among us. But why? Why did he come? When I think about the sinner I am and how I have so often rebelled against God, neglected his will, and disobeyed his commands, there would seem to be only one reasonable explanation. Sinful by my very nature and proving that sinfulness every day through my attitudes and my actions, could this God whom I have personally offended with my sins have come into the world for any other reason than to punish me? To condemn me? To destroy me? How terrifying! Has God finally come to give me what my sins deserve?
But there is another description of God’s Son that we have yet to mention—the true reason for his coming. Stained with sin as I am, God entered our world as this baby in the manger . . . to “provide purification for sins.” This baby in the manger came not to punish me for my sins, but to bear my sins upon his shoulders. He came not to condemn me for my sins, but to wash my sins away through his blood. He came not to destroy me for my sins, but to see to it that I may now stand before my God with all the stains of my sins removed. He came to provide purification for my sins. And he has!
Could a gift ever be more unexpected, more undeserved, more filled with love and mercy and grace than what was wrapped up in that manger on the first Christmas night?
Prayer：Heavenly Father, because of the gift of your Son that you gave to me on Christmas, I now stand before you purified from all sin. Keep me always in your Word, that I may treasure this gift all the days of my life. Amen.