Finding Parallels Between Faith and Life
An Overview of God as Seen in Scripture
We all have a question we all want answers to and it is that of a better understanding of what God is like, a full knowledge of what God is. “Power and majesty”, this is what oftentimes comes to mind whenever most of us think of God. However, looking at Scripture and other portrayals of God, we see God coming to us in humility and somewhat abject helplessness. In fact, it is seen in Scripture the story of Jesus, the Son of God, the express image of Divinity coming down to lead such a humble life despised by many and finally ending his sojourn by the shameful death of the cross.
In the Christian faith, the belief is that Jesus is the express revelation of the Divine. 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 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.
Let us consider the story of God as we see it in the story of Christmas which gets the stage rather unlikely. This is in the sense that we see God, the one who had been Spirit, stepping onto the stage as a microscopic cell, one which would be entirely dependent on it the carrying mother for its very life. It then goes on and sets Jesus, the God of the universe, having his life as a newborn, having it to be taken from 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.
When you see God in a manger you need not see a God who has left his divine attributes but this is just the very revelation of His Divinity to us. 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.