“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”
— Colossians 1:15-16
One day, a little boy was drawing a picture. When his Sunday school teacher asked him what he was drawing, he replied that he was making a picture of God. The Sunday school teacher objected, “But, Billy, nobody knows what God looks like.” “They will now!” he confidently replied.
Like Billy’s Sunday school teacher, we may believe that we won’t know what God looks like until we get to Heaven. But if we want to know what God is like, we can just look at Jesus for, as the Scripture says, “He is the visible image of the invisible God.” No one has seen God, but those who have seen Jesus have seen the Father.
Just about everything that Scripture says about the Father, it also says about the Son. Note the following verses that draw the parallels between them (in each set, the first passage refers to the Father, and the second passage refers to the Son):
“I am the First, and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6).
“I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead” (Revelation 1:17-18).
“Fear not, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10).
“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
“For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Malachi 3:6).
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
“The King of kings, and the Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15).
“King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:16).
Many other passages draw similar parallels. At Christmastime, we can dwell on this truth: God the Almighty Himself became one of us. Offer a praise to God today for coming to earth in human form so that we might live with Him in Heaven for eternity.
“Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.”