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What Picture Have You of God?-Here is a Devotional to See God as Revealed in Scripture
We all have a question we all want answers to and it is that of a better understanding of what God is like, a full knowledge of what God is. In most cases when we think of God, what comes to mind is power and majesty. In spite of this being the case, there are those times when what we see of God is a God who comes to us robbed of all power and majesty and comes to us in a state of rather total helplessness and total humility. In fact, it is seen in Scripture the story of Jesus, the Son of God, the express image of Divinity coming down to lead such a humble life despised by many and finally ending his sojourn by the shameful death of the cross.
Christians have the belief cutting all across them that Jesus is the revelation of God. This is affirmed by the Scriptures as we see in the text in John 14:9b in which we hear Jesus declare about himself, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”. In the New Testament there are further texts that further affirm this belief in the Christian world such as we can see in the book Hebrews 1:3, where the inspired writer says that Jesus is the “imprint of God’s very nature”. The Old Testament even further ground this belief, as we see in the book of Isaiah the mention of “Emmanuel” which is said to mean “God with us” and these are in the seventh chapter and the 14th verse of the book of Isaiah and as well in the book of Matthew chapter 1:23.
Looking at the story of Christmas, we see the story of God in a rather different setting. This happens to be the case in the sense that you will see in a God, who is Spirit coming into the scene as a cell, an embryo that has to be totally dependent on its mother for its very essential existence. It then goes on and sets Jesus, the God of the universe, having his life as a newborn, having it to be taken from a manger. Further into the life of Jesus, who is the exact imprint of God, shows us one who leads his life on earth with no place to lay head on, despised and rejected, serving and not to be served, washing the disciple’s feet and in the end having it all ended in the shameful death on the cross. Jesus in all this leaves us nothing to guess anyway about what God is actually like.
God in a manger is not to be seen as a God who has left his Divine attributes but instead see a God who has indeed given us the absolute revelation of His exact nature and attributes of Divinity. The divine nature or attributes of God as we can see in these is that of a God who will give all of them for others and hold nothing back for any reason.