God Reached Down to You Through Jesus Christ
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known (John 1:18).
Why did Jesus come to earth? There are several different biblical answers to this question. I like the answer John gave early in his Gospel account: “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18).
Through his life, Jesus showed us the Father. To his disciples, he said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). We can discern some of God’s attributes through creation, such as his eternal power and divine nature. These are plain for everyone to see. Only in Jesus is God the Father made known to man.
Some would rather keep God unknown. They fear finding out what he thinks about them. They don’t want to know the truth. And so they come up with their own ideas as to what God is like. Talk about a distorted view!
Apart from Jesus, we make God out to look like a Picasso painting. It’s our inherent fear that paints such a distorted view. We think of him as a mean, judgmental, and angry being who can never be pleased. Let me ask you. Before you heard the gospel and responded in faith, what did you think about God? How did you describe him? What did you suppose he thought about you?
How would you answer those same questions now that Jesus has revealed the Father to you? Hopefully, you see a stark contrast between your earlier guesses and your current perspective. The difference is that now you are seeing him through the person and work of Jesus Christ.
God reached down to you through Jesus Christ. That’s grace. His grace worked in you a desire to know him. That’s faith. At God’s initiative, a union was formed–you in Christ and Christ in you. His Spirit was joined to your human spirit, and the two were fused together. That was the point when eternal life began for you, the point when you started learning the truth about the God of the universe. In his love and grace, God started making himself known to you in a real and personal way.