On my way to class this morning I quickly picked a Bible from my shelf to read Hebrews 1:2. When I opened it to read, it did not say what I had expected. I was reminded how mentally dependent I had become on the King James Version.
I wanted to talk about Jesus being the creator of “worlds,” plural. However, the translation I had in class didn’t say “worlds.” During a break I double-checked the King James and it did say “worlds” so I checked the Greek and to my amazement the word the King James translated “worlds” is more like “ages.” Jesus is charge of the ages.
I really liked that idea. Jesus is God incarnate. Before anything that was He is. I wanted to say “He was.” But in John 8:58, “Jesus said, Before Abraham was, I am.” He wants us to understand tenses are for us. In our past He is. In our present He is. In our future He is. He is the eternal commander of the ages. There never was a time when He was not and there will never be a time when He will not be.
Time is such a relative item. It takes 176 Earth days for Mercury to rotate on its axis (a Mercurian day) but it only takes 88 Earth days for it to orbit the sun (a Mercurian year). Thus if we lived on Mercury our years would be shorter than our days. We might find it confusing and difficult to note our birthdays but for our creator it is no problem. He is the master of time.
Written by Roger Bothwell on July 8, 2003
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