Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Image of the Invisible

After the third or fourth try, I’ve quit looking at those “Magic Eye” stereograms. You know, those posters or pictures that supposedly reveal another image in the background if you stare at it long enough. My grandkids see it. “Look at it, Pop. It’s a number,” they say! I usually start with the number one, then start counting upwards. I figure I’ll get the number sooner or later. In a way, that’s how it is in our attempts to “see” God. No matter how hard we try, we are ill-equipped to see Him. 

The transcendent Creator is outside our grasp. As He proclaimed to Moses, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live” [Exodus 33.20]. In a similar fashion, the author of Hebrews refers to Him as the “One who is invisible” [11.27].

How remarkable, then, are Paul’s words to the Colossian Christ followers that Jesus is the “visible image of the invisible God.” Did you get that? Jesus is the means to see what can’t be seen — the invisible God!

In Christ, we see what God is like. Listen to Him by reading the Word. Meditate on His actions. When you encounter Jesus, you encounter God. Of course, a lot about God and faith is unfathomable. However, we don’t have to grope for Him as if we are in the dark. We see Jesus!

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation. Colossians 1.15

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