“THE BRIGHTNESS OF GOD’S GLORY”

ESSAY-LIKE SUNDAY MORNING: Today’s lesson, taught by yours truly, was indeed, a wonderful lesson. The lesson was entitled, “THE BRIGHTNESS OF GOD’S GLORY”. The Scripture was from the first chapter of Hebrews. The KEY VERSE was verse 3 which reads, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power (NIV).

In the lesson, we are instructed that we should seek Christ for guidance and not prophets, angels, man, astrological signs etc., for Christ is higher than the angels and is the culmination of the words of the prophets.

John 1:1-5 tells us that Jesus IS the WORD, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2.) He was with God in the beginning. 3.) Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4.) In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5.) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (NIV).

In today’s times, we have what most people consider, a “sure fire” method of navigating from point A to point B. This method is what we commonly call GPS. Almost everyone we know has access to it.

The Global Positioning System (GPS), is also known as NAVSTAR. “It is a global navigation satellite system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites” (Wikipedia, 2016).

However, anyone who’s ever used GPS when traveling to unfamiliar destinations, knows that the system is not infallible. Just a week ago, another Deacon and I were traveling to a function at a church in Americus, Georgia. Neither of us were sure of the location, so we plugged the address of the church into my phone’s GPS, after an hour or so of driving, the kindly female voice of my phone’s system, politely stated, “You are here”.

Well if the “here” the disembodied voice was referring to was the middle of the street in a residential subdivision, we were definitely HERE! But there was no church to be seen.

We ended up asking someone for directions.

Another method of finding our way from here to there is by using a compass. As Boy Scouts, and again in the military, I was taught this method, but the drawback to using the compass is that, it only tells you which way is North. Once you have identified North, you can then use your knowledge of the compass’ functions to locate the other cardinal points, but it doesn’t tell you where you are or how to get where you’re going.

You need more knowledge to figure that out.

In a sense the compass is like the Bible, it points out North, South, East and West, but you have to figure the rest out. The Bible gives us the laws and tells us right from wrong and good from bad, but it doesn’t get us to heaven. We need something more to get us there.

In ancient times, sailors used the North Star to navigate the world’s oceans. They used this star for its unique qualities, for the North Star is the brightest star in the constellation Ursa Minor.

In addition to its brightness, all the other stars appear to move around it while it appears to stay in a fixed location; steady, and unchanging.

Generations of mariners have understood the importance of always knowing the location of the North Star. As the only fixed point in the night sky, the North Star is a constant companion and sure reference for setting one’s course.

The Word of God provides its own North Star for those who study it and obey; Christ enthroned at the Father’s right hand. Christ is the only one who can guide us safely through the rough seas of life.

He is steady and unchanging. He’s a constant companion for all who seek Him; not angels, not prophets, not man, nor his contrivances, just Christ, the “Bright and Morning Star”!

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