“The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:3 HCSB
One of my favorite movies of all time is Julie and Julia. In this film, the character of real-life Julie Powell decides she will blog her way through making all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s famous cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She is a writer at heart, and as she works her way through the project, she journals about her experiences while giving the audience a parallel glimpse into the life of Julia Child. In the end, a new generation of foodies falls in love with Julia Child’s recipes and her life story.
When I first started reading The Holiest of All last year, the particular website I was using for reference ended the book with chapter 18. Later when I received a copy of the book, imagine my surprise to find it contained 130 chapters. It is in reality a very long book.
However, I had already fallen in love with the book and had publicly announced that I would be blogging my way through the Epistle of Hebrews with this book as a commentary. While I did not plan for this study to turn into such a large project I can hope that, in the end, we will fall deeper in love with Jesus and His life story through understanding the Epistle of Hebrews.
In an excerpt from chapter IV “The Glory of the Son in His Person and Work” Andrew Murray is giving an overview of the significance of Christ’s work in his book The Holiest of All:
The description of the glory of Christ's person is followed by that of the work of this Son in whom God speaks to us. God's words are deeds. It is in what Christ is and works that God speaks to us. In His divinity and incarnation we see what God has given us. In His life and death and ascension we see how the gift of God enters and acts in all our human life, how complete our salvation is, and what God now asks of us. All Christ's work is God's word to us.
That work consists in two parts: the one on earth, the other in heaven. Of the former it is said, ‘When He had effected the cleansing of sins;’ of the latter, ‘He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.’ In a healthy Christian life we must know and hold fast both parts of Christ's work.
The work He did upon earth was but a beginning of the work He was to do in heaven; in the latter the work on earth finds its perfection and its glory. As Priest He effected the cleansing of sins here below; as Priest-King He sits on the right hand of the throne to apply His work, in heavenly power to dispense its blessings, and maintain within us the heavenly life.