“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3
To radiate is to emit energy or simply put, to shine glorious light. God is glorious, which is characterized by great beauty and splendor. Now these are relative terms. What I think is beautiful may not be beautiful to you. But I have a feeling that the beauty and majesty that is God will be more stunning and radiant than anything we have ever seen. Think of the most awesome scenery you’ve ever laid eyes on. A sunset or sunrise. The southwestern plains. The Appalachian, Rocky or Smokey mountains. A peaceful meadow with deer drinking quietly from a motionless pond. God created that, so it stands to reason that the creator of such incredible beauty would be the very definition of beauty Himself. Christ radiates that beauty. He is the exact likeness of God and He sustains all things by His word.
Whatever happens in this world is either caused or allowed by God. To not be so would mean He wasn’t in control of all things that took place in the world. Man’s free will to do as he pleases is what causes the evil to take place in this world. God doesn’t cause it, but does allow it for He forces His will on no one. Man has proven over the eons to have a strong tendency to do the wrong thing. It is the person who is influenced by Christ that does that which is pleasing to God, not the one who lives for himself. Christ provided purification from our sins but we must accept that gracious gift and apply it to our lives. It’s not a blanket pardon for all mankind without him seeking or asking for it. The result of being forgiven is supposed to cause a change to take place in the life of the guilty party. To make no change in your behavior is to misunderstand the nature of forgiveness altogether.
There is significance to Christ’s sitting down. That action put a period at the end of the event. He was finished doing what He had been called on to do. It was over. Now Christ took His rightful place at the right hand of the Father where He watches over His creation. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Reformation Study Bible