What Picture Have You of God?-Here is a Devotional to See God as Revealed in Scripture
We are ever asking ourselves what God is like. “Power and majesty”, this is what oftentimes comes to mind whenever most of us think of God. Nevertheless, there are times when the picture of God that we get is that of One coming to us in abject humility and total helplessness. It is the same God of power of majesty in whose image we see Jesus, having come down here on earth and leading such a shameful life and finally ending it all by suffering the death of the cross.
Christians have the belief cutting all across them that Jesus is the revelation of God. This is affirmed by the Scriptures as we see in the text in John 14:9b in which we hear Jesus declare about himself, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”. In the New Testament there are further texts that further affirm this belief in the Christian world such as we can see in the book Hebrews 1:3, where the inspired writer says that Jesus is the “imprint of God’s very nature”. 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.
The Christmas story gets us the story of God in a very different setting and stage altogether. This is a show where you consider the fact of seeing the God of the universe setting into the stage as a microscopic cell which would be absolutely reliant on his mother for his existence and life as a child. This then progresses to having his life, after he has been born of the mother, in a manger. Jesus, the express image of God, leads a life in his earthly sojourn, with nowhere to lay his head, washing the feet of the disciples, despised and rejected by his own, and ending it all in the death of shame by the executioner’s hand. Jesus in all this leaves us nothing to guess anyway about what God is actually like.
You are not to see God in a manger as a God who has left or abandoned His divinity but a God who has given us the absolute revelation of His exact nature and Divinity instead. The God we see here is one who will give all of Himself for others and not hold a thing back for the sake of someone, and this is just the Divine nature.