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Hebrews 1:1-3; Psalm 19; Luke 24:27

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Hebrews 1:1-3

In the past God spoke to our ancestors 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 also 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.

Psalm 19

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Luke 24:27

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

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How do we know who God is? How does God reach out and communicate with us?

The Christian tradition answers this question in a few ways. We see God at work through our own lives and experiences. We learn something about the nature of God as we eat a delicious meal or watch a stunning sunset.

Yet we know that for some people, life is full of horror and pain. So another way God has made Himself known is through His people. Humans are one of the most important vehicles of God’s voice and work in the world. Although this partnership often goes wrong, it comes to a full culmination in Jesus.

Jesus is the most perfect way God has reached out to us through our humanity. Jesus is called, “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3). We find out what’s true about ourselves and the world and God in Jesus.

And how do we discover who Jesus is? That’s where Scripture comes in. Jesus helped his followers see that Scripture pointed to him. “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).

All of this works together in a beautiful way to show us God and how He reveals Himself to us.

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

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  1. How do you feel about reading Scripture? Is it easy for you? Difficult?
  2. How have you seen the goodness of God through your life’s experience, through people who have represented God’s love, and ultimately through Jesus?

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