WHAT IS GOD LIKE?

Knowing about God is not the same as knowing God. Through the words and life of Jesus we can see who God is and what he is like.  In John 14:7-11, Jesus told his disciples, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”  To see what God is like, we must look at Jesus.

First of all, Jesus was born into an ordinary home and family.  In the ancient world, men expected the Messiah to be born into royalty and majesty and power. Jesus’ humble birth identified with human birth, ordinary folks, and childhood forever.  He knew all the challenges of living together in an ordinary home and in a big family.

Secondly, He was not ashamed to do a man’s work.  Jesus was the carpenter of Nazareth.  By this we see that he knows the difficulty of making ends meet.  He knows the difficulty of dealing with ill-mannered customers and the client who will not pay his bill. He knows every problem with which we have to deal in the workplace, family life, and our finances. He knows what it is like to work hard and be tired at the end of the day.  Common work is elevated and is tinged with glory because work was touched by the hand of our Lord.

Thirdly, God knows what it is like to be tested.  Jesus shows us the everyday struggles He had to go through and how to have victory over those struggles. He knows first hand what it is like to be on the fighting line of life.

Fourthly, in Jesus we see a loving God.  The moment love enters our life it brings pain along with it.  If we could be free and detached from caring for anything and anyone, we could be free from pain and human sorrow.  In Jesus, we see God caring intensely, yearning over men, feeling empathy for men’s pain, loving them beyond measure, giving him the credibility to say to us that we must love him and love one another as we love ourselves.

Last of all, we see Jesus on a cross.  This is so incredible.  It is easy to imagine a God who condemns men, one who could wipe men out who oppose him.  No one would ever have dreamed of a God who, in Jesus Christ, chose the cross to die for us and our redemption.  You see, at just the right time, when we were powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his love for us in this:  while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:6-8

Jesus is the revelation of God, and that revelation should leave the mind of man staggered and amazed with wonder, love, and praise.  Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.  From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7