What Picture Have You of God?-Here is a Devotional to See God as Revealed in Scripture
The one question we ever have in our minds is to get to know what God actually is like. 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. We in fact have seen in Scripture the story of Jesus, the express image of God, coming down to us here on earth and leading such a humble life and even dying the shameful death of the cross.
The common belief running across the Christian faith and world is that Jesus is the express revelation of the Godhead. In the Bible, reading the lines in the gospel of John, we hear Jesus declare about himself that all that have seen Him have seen the Father, reading as taken in the book of John 14:26 b, and these affirm this belief in the Christian world. The book of Hebrews further tells us more about the fact that Christians believe that Jesus is the image of God, where we see in the book of Hebrews the declaration that Jesus is the “exact imprint of God’s very being”. (Read Hebrews 1:3). 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. The life after birth goes on like proceeding to a life in 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. In this exemplification, we see the exact character and nature of God.
You are not to see God in a manger as a God who has left or abandoned His divinity but a God who has given us the absolute revelation of His exact nature and Divinity instead. 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.