The easiest way to see and know God
If one did a Google Image search for George Washington, a number of different images would appear. Since he lived in an era before photography, we only have paintings and sculptures by various artists, each representing him in a slightly different way.
Image via Pixabay
If you were to actually do the research, you would notice that, although they are varied, the different images all capture roughly the same nose, the same forehead, the same facial expressions, the same behavior. Each can focus on something a little different, but if you put them all together, we need to be able to get a pretty good idea of how it looks.
Yet none of these paintings will be the same as if you were to physically sit across from George at dinner. Being face to face with him, obviously, is going to be the clearest and best representation of what George looked like you can get!
An image is good, but seeing the person is better.
When it comes to “seeing” God, the question is of course more complicated. God is spirit (Jn 4:24), and therefore invisible (1Tm 1:17; Heb 11:27), and it is therefore more difficult to imagine exactly who God is and what he looks like.
Of course, crucially we have His Word – the inspired text of the Scriptures, which teaches us about the character, qualities, and nature of God. We cannot know God without his Word.
However, as the lame infomercial sales pitch once said, “But wait! There is more!”
God has shown himself to the world in another crucially important way, beyond his written Word:
In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets on several occasions and in various ways, but in these last days he spoke to us through his Son, whom he made heir of all things, and by whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things with his mighty Word. (Heb 1.1-3)
Here it is!
In the past, God has spoken through the prophets, who have given us His Word. The apostles added the New Testament to this book. This Word is holy, infallible and revered, and serves as a canon – our “measuring stick” – for all that concerns God.
But God has now also spoken in another way – through His Son. His Son, who is “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact representation of his being. (Hey 1.3).
In this, God is making himself very, very clear: if you want to see God, just look at Jesus.
The apostle John told us the same when he began to write his gospel account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Jean wrote: “No one has ever seen God, but the Only Begotten, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, made him known.. “(Jn 1.18)
The apostle Paul will also clarify this idea later in Colossians, writing: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation“(Col 1.15), and”For in Christ all the fullness of the Godhead lives in bodily form”(Col 2.9).
Again, the meaning of these verses is clear: if you want to see God, all you have to do is look at Jesus. God is all that Jesus is, and Jesus is all that God is. God cannot be something that we do not see in Christ, and Christ cannot be something that we do not see in God.
In Jesus, God revealed himself to the world in the most amazing way. Although it is difficult to understand the extremely great, mighty, majestic, holy and invisible God, it is much easier to understand a man who represents all that God is. We cannot really see what God looks like in Heaven, but we can easily see the Man of Nazareth who acts and speaks for Him and like Him.
For those who don’t believe in God or struggle to get to know Him or find it hard to get a feel for Him, our answer can be very simple: Just get to know Jesus. Don’t worry now about the mass and mystery of God – just get to know Jesus. Start there! By getting to know Jesus, you get to know God. As you get to know Jesus, you will have everything you need to know God.
Jesus is the fullness of who God is. To see Jesus is to see God. To see Jesus is to see God in the clearest and most accessible way possible; such is the grace of God in thus revealing himself to us!
May we therefore deepen our knowledge and communion with Christ and, in so doing, grow in knowledge and communion with God. It is the beautiful, accessible, powerful and simplest way to know God better.