In the Lectionary

October 3, Ordinary 27B (Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12)

Israel’s claim that all people are created in God’s image is strikingly egalitarian.

Read the author’s article on preaching Hebrews without supersessionism.

Christians can meditate on these two passages from Hebrews throughout their lives without ever exhausting them. One fascinating aspect is the relationship between Christology and anthropology: what we confess about Jesus Christ and what we profess about people.

Christ is “the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being,” writes the author. Ideas about images of God are both biblically central and historically influential. They can be likened to a frame with four corners: no images of God are possible, many images of God are needed, every person is an image of God, and Christ is the image of God.