The Visible God
Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden. Then sin changed everything.
Moses encountered God in the burning bush, hearing the voice speak to him—His response? He fell on His face. And God told him to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground.
After many verbal encounters and seeing God do amazing things, Moses felt brave and asked God, “Let me see your glory.”
The trouble is, no one could see God’s face and live.
So, God hid Moses in the rocks and covered him with his hand as he passed by, so Moses could only see His back. Throughout Moses’ life, he talked with God, met with God, and became the friend of God.
When we See God like Moses Did
I wonder if that’s a bit like us. When we first encounter God, we also fall on our face, acknowledging Him as Almighty God. We walk with Him. We talk with Him and He speaks to us through His word, His Spirit, and prayer. We also become a friend of God because the relationship that was initially broken by sin is healed in Christ.
Then I remembered how Moses was on the mountain with Jesus and Elijah at the transfiguration. Face to face, they hear God speak from Heaven: “This is my Son, Listen to Him.”
Moses goes from hiding his face, falling on his face, to standing in the presence of Almighty God with Jesus and the Prophet Elijah. What a transformation.
We Grow Spiritually Too
And, what a transformation in us when we come to know Christ. We are transformed by the renewing of our mind to understand and perceive spiritual things. We have wisdom and discernment. We see our need for God and His promise to bring us into eternal life because of His grace—not by anything we can do to earn it.
Jesus Showed Us Who God Is
When Jesus walked the earth He became the visible God—skin on, breathing, walking, talking, teaching…showing us who God is in tangible ways.
Jesus Himself said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”
Paul said, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.” Hebrews 1:3.
Jesus was God in the flesh and suddenly the character of God was three-dimensional to people. They saw mercy in action. They experienced love without strings. They met power and glory in a person. Tweet This
And finally they met the risen Christ and grasped what He’d been trying to tell them all along…”I have come that you may have life, and life abundant.” John 10:10
We see God by seeing how Jesus interacted with people. And, He begins to reveal Himself to us as we draw near.
What are some ways that Jesus portrayed the Father, giving His followers a glimpse of God Himself? Don’t forget to join the conversation in the comments below.
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