Dec 22 - Jesus, the Eternal One

TODAY'S PASSAGE

For to which of the angels did God ever say,
‘You are my Son;
today I have begotten you’?
Or again,
‘I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son’?
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
‘Let all God’s angels worship him.’
Of the angels he says,
‘He makes his angels winds,
and his servants flames of fire.’
But of the Son he says,
‘Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever,
and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.’
And,
‘In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like clothing;
like a cloak you will roll them up,
and like clothing they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will never end.’
But to which of the angels has he ever said,
‘Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’?
Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
— Hebrews 1:5-14


TODAY'S DEVOTION

We live in a fast-changing world.  For example, just in my lifetime transportation has changed from horse and buggy to jets and travel from earth to the moon.  The telephone has evolved from the party line that I grew up with to one that serves as a dictionary, camera, and a myriad of other uses.  Television has become our entertainment, and the computer has revolutionized our world.  The microwave oven has made preparing meals faster and easier.  These are just some of the changes that have transpired during my life of 94 years.

Our scripture today speaks of the superiority of Jesus above the angels and as the creator and regulator of the universe.  But what is emphasized is the eternality of the Song of God, born of the virgin, Mary.  I find it comforting to know that ISIS will pass away as well as the sin and ugliness in today’s world, but we can know that our Savior Jesus Christ will never pass away.  Hallelujah!


LET US PRAY

O God, thank you for sending your Son, the Eternal One, to earth some two thousand years ago to forgive us our sins when we ask Him. Amen.


TODAY'S AUTHOR

Mary Ella Darby (Mrs. Wade E.) is retired from managing editor of Home Life magazine.  She is the blessed mother of Dan, Dewayne, Rodney, and Dennis.  She has enjoyed teaching Sunday School most of her life.  During the season of Advent, she is most looking forward to being with some of her 37 family members.