The Face of God

He is the brightness of His glory, the express image of Himself…

— Hebrews 1:3

Many people want to know what God is like. He is like Jesus, for Jesus is like God. Jesus is God. And what was Jesus like? Is He concerned for you? He said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” He took them up in His arms and He blessed them.

You say you feel unworthy. Jesus reached out His hands and touched the leper and made him clean. You say, “I feel guilty, I have sinned.” So had the woman taken in the very act of adultery, as recorded in John 8. But Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”

This is what God is like, yet only in part, because from these same gracious lips we also hear such words as: “I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice evil” (Matthew 7:23): “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” (Matthew 23:14); “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! … And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be thrust down to hell” (Luke 10:13, 15).

The three cities upon which Christ pronounced His woes have disappeared into black, charred remains. All other cities where Christ ministered and did not pronounce His woes have remained until this day.

God is both loving and gracious but He is also holy and just, and we do not know God apart from Jesus Christ.

Question to ponder:
What attributes of God do we also find in Jesus Christ?