The Verse of the Day for December 2, 2015 comes from Hebrews 1:1-2 but to apprehend more fully the essence of the message, let us take a look at Hebrews 1:1-3
The New Living Testament renders the passage this way:
1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.
2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.
3The 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.
As I considered deeply who Jesus Christ is and what he represents, I thought of the opening phrase of verse three “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. . .” or as the King James states that Christ is “the express image of his [God’s] person.”
As believers our innermost desire should be that our lives become expressions of the character of Christ, just as Christ is the expression of the very character of God. References to our desire to be formed in the express image of Christ are found in this poem:
Of His own will He brought us forth by the word
of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits
of his creatures.
Transform and then so fashion our very visage
To be like Christ, the full brightness of your glory.
In your refining fire so melt us so that we
Might be molded and cast in His express image:
As boldface type is stamped, printed upon the page,
As newly minted coins are placed in your treasure,
Precisely stamped with the essence of your character,
So that we convey the power of your message.
So saturate our spirit, heart, and soul and mind,
Every fiber of our being, your hand restores
To so permeate our presence that we might find
Our true calling as Christ’s faithful ambassadors.
More than any vessel, vehicle, or instrument,
Like Christ, the Lord, we are firstfruits of God’s intent.
“In Christ Alone” offered by Avalon is also an expression of where we take our stand as believers: