Image of the Invisible God

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Colossians 1:15 NIV)

God is beyond figuring out. Our finite minds cannot discover who He is by observation and logic. Unless He reveals Himself, the best we can do is make some educated guesses as to who God is and how we are to relate to Him.

Creation points to a Creator. On a scientific level there is simply too much order in the universe for it to be random. On a personal level, it's a mixed bag. The majesty and beauty of Mount Everest points to an awesome and artistic God. On the other hand, the destruction of a hurricane might make God seem angry or harsh.

Cancer, child abuse, human trafficking and the COVID-19 pandemic can leave us wondering whether God cares about us. Or if He does care, why doesn't He do something about our pain and suffering? Trying to figure God out from our experience can leave us confused and can make it seem God is invisible and far away.

Scripture is the record of God's revealing of Himself to us. In the beginning, God created everything. The crown of His creation is human beings, made in His very image and created for a love relationship. Sin came into the world through disobedience (Eve's and Adam's and yours and mine). God chose a couple (Abraham and Sarah) and made their descendants a nation He claimed as His own. He revealed Himself through Israel and through the covenant of the Law. In all this, God proved to be a holy God who is just and fair as well as a loving God who is merciful and forgiving.

The most glorious act of God's self-revelation was the birth of His Son, Jesus. He lived among us to show us the heart and face of our Father. He gave up His life on the Cross to pay the penalty for sin and ransom us from death.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

If you want to know what the Living God is like, just get to know Jesus. Jesus told Phillip: Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9 NIV). The Gospel of John declares: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14 NIV).

The birth of Jesus is far more than a beautiful, romantic story of a baby's birth. It is a radical act of self-revelation by God, who wants us to know Him. In Jesus we see the face of God. In Jesus we know the heart of God. In Jesus we have the redemption of God. In Jesus we have the offer of a relationship with God.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Look to Jesus. Follow Jesus. Trust Jesus. Learn to love Jesus. Honor Jesus. In Jesus we can know and love the God who created us. Celebrate His birth as good news that will cause great joy for all the people (Luke 2:10 NIV). Our unknowable God made Himself known in His Son. And that's a reason to rejoice!

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