“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven” (Hebrews 1.3 NLT).
We live in the New Testament age where we have God’s glory radiating from within our dark world. God is like a great Sun—He can only be in the light of day and no darkness can be around Him. Therefore, Jesus is like a great Moon; He shines the Sun’s light into the darkness when the light is gone because of sin. Jesus is the Light of the World, filling the lives of imperfect people with God’s glory (John 8.12). Jesus left His rightful place by the Sun’s light, so He could penetrate the dark areas of our lives and this world with His Truth. Now we can have light in the day and night, in joy and in pain, in victory and defeat. Jesus washed away our mistakes and imperfections, and He gave us His righteousness and holiness, so that the light would flood into the shadows of our hearts. We don’t have to long for an unattainable Holy God. We can now have God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, in us because of the Finished Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. And the wonderful news is that now Jesus’ work is done. He is back in the Sun’s light on a throne of glory, sustaining all of us by “the mighty power of his command.”
“Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!—came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out” (John 1.5 MSG).