you hear the word God, what image comes to mind?
you’re like most people, you probably think of a solitary figure somewhere in
the sky. To some, he’s a harsh Judge, meting out divine rewards and
punishments on everyone based on how well they measure up to his high standards
others, he’s more like an elderly gentleman with his flowing white beard,
dressed in a shining white robe. Or, like an aged executive in a dark
business suit, as portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the films Bruce and Evan
Almighty. Or maybe something like George Burns portrayal of God as an elderly
man in Hawaiian shirts and tennis shoes.
people think of God as actively involved in their lives, while others think of
God as detached and remote, out there watching us “from a distance,” as
suggested in the Bette Midler song. Or maybe right here among us, but somewhat
clueless and weak, like Joan Osborne’s “stranger on the bus, trying to make his
the Bible presents God through only one lens: the lens of Jesus Christ.
According to the Bible, Jesus Christ alone is the perfect revelation of the
Father. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father,” Jesus said in John 14:9.
Hebrews 1, verses 1 to 3, we read:
“In the past God spoke to our forefathers
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 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. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right
hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
you want to know what God is like, you look at Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John
tells us, Jesus and the Father are one. In other words, God is not a
detached and uninvolved Watchmaker, watching us from afar. Nor is he some eagle-eyed
Detective, Judge, Jailer and Executioner waiting for us to make a false move.
who is Father, Son and Spirit, is just like Jesus Christ. He loves every human
into existence and loves them every moment of their lives. He draws all of us
toward Jesus, and wants all of us to turn to him, trust him and receive his
is God like? God shows us exactly what he is like in Jesus Christ, who, as John
3:17 tells us, came into the world not to condemn the world, but to save it.