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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 10:27:56 -0600
Forthright Magazine
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Hands-on Faith

First Impressions
by Barry Newton

So much at stake in so little time! His pen
scribbled across parchment articulating God's
message to his half-hearted recipients. Those
first utterances would either captivate their
imaginations, fully engaging their minds, or
boredom would quickly settle in, muting God's
voice.

What emerges in Hebrews 1:1-4 is a single sentence
counter-point symphony of the past and the
present, of former prophets and the Son, of
Creator yet Sustainer, of the exalted Son versus
God's servants. Like a long trumpet blast
awakening the lethargic from slumber, the author
confronted them and us with a concise description
of who the Son really is.

This sermonic letter does not merely stir up
mental images, nor can it be lightly dismissed or
listened to dispassionately. For certainly,
someone who exactly represents God's being, who is
creator as well as heir of all things, our soul
purifier and through whom God has spoken to us,
such an individual must be extremely relevant for
our lives. Clearly, the stakes are high.
Expectations have been raised.

OK, author. The first impression you created has
captured our attention. While he does answer our
questions such as: What do I need to know about
the Son? How has he, can he or should he influence
my life?  Perhaps the biggest question he would
like to ask us is, "Are we listening to the Son's
voice with an open heart?"

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