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Summary: As the Son of God, Jesus is superior to the world, even though he was not fully revealed to man until his death, resurrection and ascension. Because he became human, he was our representative before God.

Have you ever noticed that there is a hierarchy or “pecking order” in almost everything in life? For example, in business there is either a board of directors or an owner or owners at the top, managers (if there are any) in the middle and workers at the bottom. In the school system, there is a school board at the top, followed by superintendents and directors of various departments, then individual school principals, then teachers and then students. In the United Church, there is the General Council with the Moderator at the top, followed by the different Conferences such as the Maritime Conference, then various Presbyteries such as South Shore Presbytery and then the local congregations. In this church you have the Church Board at the top, then the minister and various committees, and then the congregation.

There is also a hierarchy in heaven. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are at the top, followed by angels and archangels. As part of the top level, Jesus is God’s final revelation of God, because he is God’s Son, the agent of creation, the very glory of God and one who cleanses us from sin. God spoke to his people through prophets in Old Testament times, and he speaks to us today through Jesus and the Bible. The Old Testament prophets could only give us pieces of truth. When Jesus came, all of these pieces came together and gained meaning. Unfortunately, in many cases the people reacted to the truth of God’s message by killing the prophets and Jesus when they should have obeyed the message ,”Don’t shoot the messenger.” (Pause)

One problem in almost any organization that has more than a few levels is communication. Sometimes messages sent by higher levels are not conveyed clearly or in their original form. Here’s a good example:

Memo from Director General to Manager:

Today at 11 o'clock there will be a total eclipse of the sun. This is when the sun disappears behind the moon for two minutes. As this is something that cannot be seen every day, time will be allowed for employees to view the eclipse in the car park. Staff should meet in the car park at ten to eleven, when I will deliver a short speech introducing the eclipse, and giving some background information. Safety goggles will be made available at a small cost.

Memo from Manager to Department Head:

Today at ten to eleven, all staff should meet in the car park. This will be followed by a total eclipse of the sun, which will disappear for two minutes. For a moderate cost, this will be made safe with goggles. The Director General will deliver a short speech beforehand to give us all some background information. This is not something that can be seen every day.

Memo from Department Head to Floor Manager:

The Director General will today deliver a short speech to make the sun disappear for two minutes in the eclipse. This is something that cannot be seen every day, so staff will meet in the car park at ten or eleven. This will be safe, if you pay a moderate cost.

Memo from Floor Manager to Supervisor:

Ten or eleven staff are to go to the car park, where the Director General will eclipse the sun for two minutes. This doesn't happen every day. It will be safe, but it will cost you.

Memo from Supervisor to staff:

Some staff will go to the car park today to see the Director General disappear. It is a pity this doesn't happen every day.

Jesus solved this communication problem for us by coming down from heaven to live among us, experience what we as humans experience, and clearly convey the message of God’s love by his words, deeds and love for us.

As the Son of God, Jesus is superior to the world, even though he was not fully revealed to man until his death, resurrection and ascension. Because he became human, he was our representative before God. He was like a lawyer in a court case where God is the judge. He pleaded our case before Judge God, and he still pleads our case before Judge God today if he takes our case. Jesus became perfect by living as a human being while at the same time living a sin-free life and obeying God. He became the perfect sacrifice for us and the perfect example for us as Christians to follow. He calls on us to join him in worship.

God gave man dominion over all the earth, but that dominion was wasted because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. Man was told to take care of the earth, but we have not always shown good stewardship. We have wasted natural resources, polluted the earth and hunted many species of birds, fish and animals to the point of endangerment or extinction. Our stewardship of the earth has left a lot to be desired. God sees us and what we do in life. He sees what we are doing with the resources he has entrusted to us, even though he is at the top of the hierarchy and we are at the bottom.

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