1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.

Each year, millions of people travel to the Grand Canyon to view its wonder in person. It has often been said that photos don’t do justice to the beauty of actually seeing the Grand Canyon.

USA Today captured several people’s responses to seeing the Canyon in person: “Scott Thybony, a freelance author who has guided raft trips and treks through the canyon for four decades, said the spectacle looms unique and overwhelming even after hundreds of visits. ‘Every time I go, it's different, it's new,’ he said. ‘The inhuman scale of it is hard to get a handle on. You need to hike into it, take a mule down the trail, float the river, fly over it.’” Another man said of his first visit to the Grand Canyon, “The depth, the colors, the space. I've seen a lot of fabulous things, but this takes the prize for natural wonders.” [1]

The Grand Canyon leaves many people stunned because its reality is beyond anything they could have envisioned. In today’s passage, the author of Hebrews wrote of a reality beyond compare, even beyond the wonder of a sight such as the Grand Canyon. This passage describes the glory of Christ, who is beyond compare in the entire universe as the only Son of God, who reveals the glory of the one true God.

The writer gave an unfathomable reality: God Himself made purification for sin through His death on the cross. Truly, this is beyond even the wildest imagination of any person. We rightly respond with awe to God’s creation, but there is nothing more awe-inspiring than God Himself, revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

• What is the most awe-inspiring sight you have ever seen?

• How would your life change if you truly lived every moment in light of the amazing reality of the gospel?

• Thank God for the radiance of His glory that has been revealed in Jesus who has made purification for our sins.

[1] Wagner, Dennis. "Grand Canyon National Park: Enormity and Beauty." USA Today. June 19, 2013. Accessed April 16, 2019. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/06/18/grand-canyon-national-park-enormity-and-beauty/2434339/.