The Invisible God Made Visible
Father God does not have a body. As Jesus said, “God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." (John 4:24) And yet God has revealed Himself throughout history as His prophets spoke out His message, urging people to return to obey the covenant in God’s Law. But at no time did anyone see God; even Moses, who specifically asked to see Him (Exodus 33:18-23). However, Jesus Christ has been seen and John’s Gospel is one of four documentary accounts of His life on earth. He was God’s final and complete revelation of Himself to human beings as Hebrews 1:1-3 says: “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word ...”
So, Jesus was not only God’s ambassador or prophet; He was the exact representation of the personality and character of God the Father, so that Jesus could say, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30). This makes Jesus totally unique and superior to every human being who has ever lived. John built His whole Gospel on the deity of Christ with the intention that “... these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah (Christ), the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)
Jesus did not come to give us yet another religion. He came to reveal what God is like and to become the way through which we can relate to God. Instead of giving us more rules, through which we can make a way to God, He declared Himself to be “the Way” so that those who believe in Him would come to the Father. Indeed, He went one step further and said “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Those of us who have come to God through Christ know the greatest open secret of eternity. So many people would love to know peace with God and Jesus says He is the only way. Surely, therefore, we have a great obligation to speak about Jesus. Why not ask your friends to read through John’s Gospel as he unpacks the character of this amazing man who is also God. The purpose of sharing is not just that people will be better informed but that they will come to put their trust in the God who came to earth to save them from their sins and invite them into His family (John 3:16).
© Dr Paul Adams