God Comes to Us in Person

Jesus said more than once that the Bible is about Him, about what He has revealed to us regarding the nature and character of God.

Jesus used various images to show us how God comes to us and what it means to be His follower. Most of these were in terms of parables, like the parables of the sower or the pearl of great price. These illustrations are ways of helping us understand what it means to be in a relationship with God.

Relationships have many facets, including many elements that contribute to forming them and extending them. Receiving letters from someone on a regular basis can go a long way toward getting to know that person more intimately. Receiving a picture will reveal another dimension of that person. But you will not really know that person until you actually have spent time face-to-face.

Because of sin, God could no longer commune with us as He had done with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Though He has communicated with us very effectively in various ways, He wanted to give us a fuller picture of Himself. And this He has done through Jesus.

According to many passages, such as John 1:1, 2; 14:9; Hebrews 1:1–3, God (the whole presence of the Godhead bodily) was fully present in Jesus. We are all children of God. But Jesus was the Son of God in a way that no human has been before or since. He Himself claimed to have been preexistent—to have existed before the creation of the world (John 8:58).

The precise wording of John 1:1 is important. John does not say that God showed Himself in the flesh, or that He appeared in the flesh. Rather, John says that Jesus became flesh at a definite point in time. Jesus came from above and became flesh; that is, He took on Himself our humanity. That our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became flesh for our salvation is probably the one tenet of the Christian faith that is basic to all Christian denominations.

Have you ever met a child who looked and acted almost exactly like his or her parent? It can be an unsettling experience. You may have even felt as though you were in the presence of the very person the child resembled, though, of course that was not the case. Jesus resembled His Father in character even more than any earthly parent and child ever could resemble each other. He and the Father are One. Jesus’ presence here on earth was the most complete revelation of God ever given to humanity.

But He went away. He went “back to His Father” in heaven. (John 13–17.) So today, 2,000 years later, there is only one way to know His story well, and that’s through the same way we spoke of above—God revealing Himself in the Bible.

For some the study of the Bible is an end in itself. Indeed, many gifted Bible scholars don’t believe in God at all. Yet, reading the Bible without seeking to know the Lord whom it reveals can no more lead you to salvation than reading a recipe can fill your empty stomach.

Jesus Christ is the focus of the Scriptures. He said more than once that the Bible is about Him, about what He has revealed to us regarding the nature and character of God. The Bible doesn’t save us, but it is the authoritative source of truth about the only One who can: Jesus of Nazareth.*

* Adapted with permission from the iFollow Discipleship Resource, ©North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

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