Image of the Invisible God
Portraits of Christ | Image of the Invisible God
He is the image of the invisible God. (Colossians 1:15)
My father was an artist. He could paint anything from landscapes to portaits. If you wanted to learn something about my dad, all you had to do was look at his paintings and they would reveal much about him. Meticulous to detail. Patient (with some things). Gentle. Lover of the outdoors. Lover of music. Each painting contained a little bit of him inside.
So it only stands to reason that if we want to learn about God, we need to look at the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3), His ultimate portrait: Jesus Christ. Want to know what God likes? Look at Jesus. Want to know what buttons to push to get Him angry? Want to know about His love and compassion? Look at Jesus.
The essence of God, everything that He is, took on human form. He was made in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:7). God floating in the womb of Mary. God in human form wearing diapers and going to school and dealing with irate customers at the carpentry shop. Seems almost irreverent doesn't it?
Yet, after walking with the Savior for three years, Philip still didn't understand. "Show us the Father, and we will be satisfied," he states. Jesus responded, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don't know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!" (John 14:9).
The apostle John in the opening of his gospel stated, "In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God."
And this is the most wonderful and beautiful part: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:1-2, 14). Read them again and let the words sink in.
The Word became flesh...
...and dwelt among us.
One of His many names is Immanuel meaning God with us. He has been encased and self-limited in a frail body with its aches and pains. He knows the temptations of the flesh and how powerful its demands can be, and what it means to refuse the body what it craves desperately. He has worked in the hot sun with sweat pouring off His brow. He has felt the pangs of hunger and thirst. His feet have been caked with the dust of many Judean roads, His back has felt the whip, and His hands have felt the nails. His cheeks have felt the hot tears course down them. He's known the betrayal of friends and has felt the stares of contempt and hatred. And He has felt the sting of death of family members and friends. Whatever trial or test you may be facing right now, He knows. He understands. And He is praying for you, that your faith will never fail.