Image of the Invisible God

The Christmas season gives us chances to connect with people that we don’t regularly see. One of the joys of these meetings is noticing how the children and grandchildren of our friends have grown up. It is always amazing to me how each generation carries the look of their families. Looking into the face of a child is often a look at the Mother, Father, Grandmother, or Grandfather of that child! The blood often runs thick and there is no mistaking the family that a person belongs to!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NIV, italics added)
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:15&19 (NIV, italics added)

During Christmas, we are encouraged to spend time around the Manger looking at the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Just like our biological families, Jesus carries the imprint of his Father, so that we may better know God. Part of Jesus’ beauty is that he came to earth as a man and lived here. His presence on earth makes him understandable, translatable, reachable by all humanity. Jesus is translating the character and image of God Almighty in such a way that we might understand better who God is. Christ’s birth reveals God’s humility through the Manger, God’s glory through the Angels, God’s love through Mary and Joseph, and God’s mercy at sending Jesus at just the right time.

We may comment to some people that the blood runs thick in passing similar traits from one generation to the next, but with Jesus the blood has run the thickest, providing reconciliation with God! Jesus’ birth only makes sense in light of who he is and what he did through the Cross. All of what is revealed in Jesus helps us to understand God, the invisible Almighty, in a way that we can attempt understand.

So as you celebrate the Birth of Jesus know that you are catching a glimpse of the Father as you look in the face of the Son!

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