Our Bible verse for today: “For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ.” Colossians 2:9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “To know God, study Jesus”
This morning I want to return to our discussion from yesterday regarding the Bible being yet one more proof of God’s great love for us. Although the Bible communicates a tremendous amount of truth – more than we can ever learn in an entire lifetime of study, and it also reveals great spiritual mysteries, the most important thing it does for us is it reveals God’s nature. It teaches us about who God is and what He is like. And the clearest picture of Himself that He gives to us in the Bible is in the person of Jesus Christ.
Paul tells us in Colossians 2:9 that the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Jesus Christ. In Colossians 1:15 he wrote, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” In 1:19 we read, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him …” In John 14:8-11, when Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.” Jesus replied with this astounding revelation, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
This is why we tell people “If you want to know God, study Jesus, because Jesus is God.” God came to live among us in the person of Jesus Christ so He could show Himself to us in ways we can understand. So, if you need to gain a better understanding of how eager God is to forgive you if you will just come to Him, turn to Luke 15:11-32 and read as Jesus tells the story of the Prodigal Son. Or, go to John 8:2-11 and see how He dealt with the woman caught in adultery. If you are wondering if God really understands your pain and suffering, you should read the account in John 11:1-27 about the sickness and death of Jesus’ friend Lazarus, and note how much anguish Jesus experienced because of the pain and suffering of His friends. That’s a picture of how the Father feels when you suffer.
And on and on it goes. Lessons about how God provides for us, and about His watch care over us, and of His desire to forgive us and to have intimate fellowship with us, and so much more. All of it lived out and modeled for us in the life of Jesus as an expression of God’s love.
The God of creation came to us in the person of Jesus Christ to show Himself to us in ways we can understand. We get that picture of Him on the pages of the Bible. So if you want to know God, and if you want to understand His great love for you, study Jesus, because Jesus is God.