Jesus, the Visible God
“He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation” (Colossians 1.15 NIV).
God can feel so distant and far away sometimes. In the middle of the night, fear can grip us by how lost or empty we feel. Is there a God? How can we reach Him? Why do we feel so alone? Questions like these can plague us and cause us to despair. How can we, mere humans, reach a perfect and holy God in a spiritual realm outside of our reach? But we don’t have to lose hope. The foot of God walked this dusty earth. The hand of God touched broken flesh. The person of God lived thirty-three years on earth, interacting with His spiritual family wrapped in flesh. Jesus is God, intended to be the “first born” over all of us, and He entered our shattered world in order to have a relationship with us. We are not alone. God has the face of Jesus Whom we read about in the Bible. The Old Testament predicts Him, and the New Testament presents Him. He is Immanuel—God with us. We never have to feel alone again. God is not some remote entity in the great expanse. Jesus is the image of God on earth. Without Jesus, God is impossible to reach; but with Jesus, God is our Father, Guide, Friend and Savior. Once we have Jesus, nothing can separate us from an intimate relationship with God.
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8.38-39 NLT).