Who is this, divine and tender, hailing from eternal shores?
Once arrayed in highest splendor, now in poverty adorned
He is Jesus, God made mortal, Word in flesh, the Light of Life
From a throne room to a stable, hope is born this holy night
Who is this of might and meekness, given all authority?
With a word He stills the tempest, at His touch the blind can see
He is Jesus our Messiah, long awaited, long proclaimed
Sing “Hosanna in the highest!” Christ the King has come to reign
Who is this reviled and stricken broken on a cursed tree?
Son of God by God forsaken, drenched in our iniquity
He is Jesus slain for sinners, laiden with our guilt and grief
All our praise to Him we render for His wounds have won our peace
Who is this entombed in darkness, cast into the bitter depths?(Music and words by Nathan Stiff and David Zimmer, 2020)
He whom grave nor Hell could harness rose and tore the sting from death
He is Jesus, God triumphant, risen to the Father’s side
All will bow in awe and reverence at the name of Jesus Christ
At more than one point in His earthly life, people marveled at who Jesus was. Was He a rabbi or a teacher? Had Yahweh finally set another of His prophets after a centuries-long absence?
The truth was quite simply much more amazing than that. “God, having spoken long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days spoke to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds, who is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of power…” (Hebrews 1:1-3)
This is a bit in the realm of incomprehensible mystery, of which we could never exhaust our attempts to even grasp this in part, but let me describe it this way. Christ’s representation of the Father is different than a painting representing a person, a wax mold, a ring or a letter of authenticity. Radiance streaming down from the sun is not another thing, or even a different essence. It is that glory radiating. Christ is not other than God in His representation of God. He is God representing God.
During Advent, we are exalting before one another, and commending to one another this great Person in whom we trust and love and worship. Hebrews 1:3 goes on to say that “…having accomplished cleansing for sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” He is alive and seated at the right hand of God with all power and authority and will one day come in great glory. He has that exalted place because He is himself God the Son. This. Is. Jesus.
Onward and Upward!