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Here is the God Revealed to Us in Scripture

We are ever asking ourselves what God is like. A number of times when we think of God, what comes to mind is power and majesty. However, looking at Scripture and other portrayals of God, we see God coming to us in humility and somewhat abject helplessness. It is the same God of power of majesty in whose image we see Jesus, having come down here on earth and leading such a shameful life and finally ending it all by suffering the 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 Book of John 14:26 b, the gospel records Jesus declaring of himself that all that have seen him have actually seen the Father. The writer of the book of Hebrews, which is as well an inspired writing for the Christian faith, declares that Jesus is the “exact imprint of God’s very nature” (Hebrews 1:3). In the books of Isaiah the prophet and in the gospels of Matthew, there is the mention of the name “Emmanuel…God with us” and these further ground the belief. (Read in Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23.).

The Christmas story gets us the story of God in a very different setting and stage altogether. 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. The life of the God of the universe we see exemplified in Jesus’ earthly sojourn is of one with no place to lay head, one who is ever seeking to serve and not to be served, washing the disciples’ feet, so despised and rejected and finally dying the shameful death at the hands of an executioner. 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 God we see here is one who by His Divine nature will give Himself for others and will not hold back anything for selfish reasons, or a reason of any kind.

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