Can You See Me Now? (Part 3)

Over the last few days we have seen how God reveals Himself through creation as well as through His Holy Word.  Today, we are going to look at a few ways God not only revealed His personal nature to us but how He demonstrated it for all to see.

In Hebrews 1:1 we are told “God…has in these last days spoken to us by His Son [Jesus].”  It is in the life of Jesus that we get a perfect picture of what God the Father is like.  Colossians 1:3 says Jesus “is the image of the invisible God,” while Hebrews 1:3 tells us Jesus is the “brightness of [God’s] glory and the express image of His person.”  Jesus made it clear in John 14:9 that anyone who has seen Him has seen the Father.  Therefore, when reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus, we are getting a perfect representation of the Father in heaven.

When we examine the life of Jesus, we are immediately drawn to His concern for all people.  It didn’t matter if He was approached by a Roman centurion, Samaritan, tax collector, lawyer, rich man, or poor man He always had time to answer their questions and share with them their deepest need.  He didn’t let someone’s social standing or checkbook balance determine their importance.  Every person counted regardless of their ethnic background.

He was also concerned for people who were considered dirty by first century standards. Jesus wasn’t afraid to touch a leper, heal those that were sick from various diseases, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to those who were mute, restore the strength of those who were crippled, provide food for the poor, and love those considered to be unlovely.  He didn’t recoil from anyone regardless of their condition.  He reached out past their affliction, all the way to their heart, and healed them from the inside out.  After all, it is the sick who need a doctor, and Jesus came as the great Physician to heal the hearts of the spiritually sick.

Jesus also came to teach us God’s expectations.  He taught us that all of life is to be lived by loving the LORD our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourself.  He set the example of loving others and putting them first.  He told us He did not come to be served but to serve and give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).  We demonstrate our love for our Father in heaven, whom we have not seen, by loving our neighbor who we have seen.  As we have already said, Jesus demonstrated this kind of love.

In Jesus we see the Father.  We see His compassion, unconditional love, passion to know us and be known by us, forgiveness for even the most vile human being.  In Jesus, God reveals His nature, character, integrity, righteousness, and holiness.  Jesus is the exact representation of the Father in heaven.

For some, God seems like an uncaring creator who allows us to suffer way too often. For others, God is our grandfather in the sky who spoils us by giving us everything we want.  Neither of these views of God are true. He loves you and came to earth in the form of Jesus so that we could know exactly what He is like.  If you really want to know more about God, then start reading one chapter a day from the Gospels.  Work your way through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament over the next ninety days.  While you are reading, pay careful attention to Jesus.  Ask Him to reveal His nature that you might know Him better.

Can You See Me Now? (Part 1)

In Genesis 1:31, God has finished all the work of creation.  Moses tells us that “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”  He saw the beautiful green grass and trees and said, “It is good.” He heard the sweet melodies of the birds singing and said “It is good.” He looked at the planets, the stars, and the sun and said, “It is good.”  He found pleasure and satisfaction in all creation, and He gave it as a gift for humanity.

His gift was not just for us to enjoy fishing, boating, skiing, climbing, swimming, sunning, camping, or any other of recreational activities.  He did not give us sites like the Grand Canyon, Mt. Everest, tropical islands, beautiful lakes, beaches, or any other part of nature just to behold its beauty.  He did give us all of creation to enjoy; however, the main reason for all of creation is found in Romans 1.19:20, “[19] For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. [20] For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (ESV).  God gave us creation as a gift to reveal His power and divine nature that we would be drawn to Him and know Him.

Sometime today would you please stop and look up, look down, look all around at the creation of God around you.  Ask Him to open your eyes that you might see His invisible attributes revealed in creation.  Would you ask Him to let you know Him more deeply than ever before.  Ask Him to help you not let another day go by without seeing Him through His creation.