The Radiance of God’s Glory by Tara Randel

Recently I have been doing a Bible study in the book of Hebrews. As many times as I’ve read the words, I never did an in-depth study. There is something to be said about opening a book and doing some digging. Not only do we learn Biblical history, we get spiritual insights that help us in our everyday walk. The Bible teaches valuable lessons, gives us hope and shares the love of our Lord.

I’ll be the first to say that I’ll never be too old to keep from discovering more from the Word. I’ll be a student all my life and enjoy every minute of it. I’m still amazed that I can read a passage of scripture multiple times and one day the light bulb over my head flashes on and I understand what I’ve read with a new understanding. That’s the power of the God’s word.

From the outset of the Hebrews study, this verse caught my attention. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:3a

The word radiance stopped me while reading. It means, light or heat as emitted or reflected by something; great happiness, apparent in someone’s expression or bearing.

Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory. When I think of radiance, I see in my mind’s eye the sun streaming from the sky, so bright that it fills my being because for me, it represents the glory of God.

Jesus, who became man, was the exact representation of God. He reminded us of this time and again in the scriptures. God sent Him and He carried out the will of the Father. It brought this question to my mind; do I represent the Father? Is my daily walk in step with the Father? I don’t know about you, but after I’ve read an exceptionally beautiful passage, I sit and think, and these are where my thoughts go.  

God not only sent Jesus in His image, but we also carry His image. How much more, then, should we be conscious of sharing God with others? Of being His reflection?

Secondly, I love the part of the definition that states; of great happiness apparent in someone’s expression.

The special people in my life came to mind and I had to smile. I’m sure you can think of those you love and not hold back a grin. Now imagine Jesus expression as He spent time with God. The beautiful smile that would have radiated from Him. And we can have that! The joy, peace and love that comes from our Father and Jesus, who is with Him.

After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:3b

What a picture! Jesus did the work and took his rightful place next to the Majesty in heaven.

As you go through your day, I hope you spend some time thinking about the radiance of the Son reflected from the Father. I know I will.


Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. Family values, a bit of mystery and of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Look for her next Harlequin Heartwarming romance, HER SURPRISE HOMETOWN MATCH, available February 2023. For more information about her books, visit Tara at Like her on Facebook at Sign up for Tara’s Newsletter.

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