None Like Him
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
- Hebrews 1:1-4
I was born February 7, 1980 in Rochester, MN. On that cold winter day, the doctor who delivered me documented my arrival on my birth certificate. It was the first legal document attesting to the fact that I was not God. I had a beginning. My life could be measured. My frame could be weighed. I could be quantified and contained.
Jesus is different. He has no beginning or end. He created all things. The universe continues, not because it is great but because he is watching over it. Jesus defies measurement of any kind. His power, knowledge, love and mercy are not merely great, they are infinitely great. They are immeasurably great. Jesus is measureless and matchless. He is the king of glory.
So here is a question to consider: Is there anything great in this world that excites you? Is there any artist whose paintings move your soul? Is there any athlete whose game you take pleasure in watching? Is there any musician whose music you love to hear? Is there any author whose books fill your time? Is there any thinker whose thoughts shape your life? Is there any cook whose recipes thrill your senses? What in this world seems great to you?
Do you have your answer? Great! Now consider this: Jesus stands above them all. As a matter of fact, all of their abilities, intellect and creativity flow from him. Sure, some may deny this. Sure, some may even take the abilities that come from Jesus and use them to mock him, but the truth remains, all things come from Jesus and Jesus is ten billion times ten billion times greater in every realm, except the realm of sin.
To grasp this reality, imagine that you took all the great artists of every country and every century of the world and you put them in a room with Jesus. Sitting in one corner is Monet and in another is Picasso and in another is the great Michelangelo. As Jesus puts his brush on the canvas, they would all gaze in amazement and feel small in comparison to Jesus.
This is true for every human endeavor. All the great physicists would listen to his theories of physics. All the great biologists would lean in to hear his understanding of life. All the great musicians would sit in silence as he performed. Even Lebron James would sit the bench to Jesus. He is infinitely better than any person we admire. Words simply fall short of describing the greatness of Jesus. Perhaps the only words that come close are from one of his doubters who eventually became a follower: Jesus, you are my Lord and my God (John 20:28).
A Moment to Reflect
What is your response to the truth that Jesus is infinitely better than all things?