This is for everyone who “knows” Jesus but might not understand the significance and weight of Who He is.
Jesus is the image of the invisible God. He is eternally begotten from the Father. He always existed , as the second Person of the Trinity. God the Father’s fullness dwells in the Son. The world was created through Jesus.
The Apostle Paul explains it this way: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the Head of the body, the Church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross” (Colossians 1:15-20).
Jesus, from the very beginning, has always been the mirror reflection of God. You know how some kids are the “spitting image” of one of their parents? Well, Jesus is the spitting image of God. God, too, made Adam and Eve in His image. We’re all supposed to be God’s spitting image. Unfortunately, because of sin, our image is tainted, dirty, displeasing to God. The only way we can regain that image is by reconciling to God through Christ. We have to fix the relationship that was damaged.
The Word says that at just the right time in history, God sent Jesus. All the prophesies about Him throughout the Scriptures had to be fulfilled before Jesus could come. There should’ve been no way that God’s people missed Jesus because everything was right in front of their face. “But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:4-7).
I want to talk about what it meant for Jesus to take on the flesh and live as one of us. Jesus had to be birthed through a woman. He had to endure aches and pains and puberty and everything else we go through by nature of just being human. He did all of this for us, to become LIKE US, when we are the ones who are supposed to become LIKE HIM. He put off His glory and divine nature in order to live as a human. He was in this struggle. Jesus lived His life without one single complaint. He knew He had a purpose to fulfill and He wasn’t going to let the enemy distract Him.
It’s not just His discipline and character that I’m in love with; It’s the way He loves God and loves people. Jesus didn’t say anything that He didn’t hear the Father say nor did He do anything that He didn’t see the Father do. He was in perfect submission to God. Jesus was the perfect reflection of God’s love for us in human form. He never judged, criticized or condemned anyone. He healed them, taught them, fed them, spent time with them. He walked with them for miles upon miles, courting them, showing Himself to them so they would love Him back.
I’m talking about the Man who stooped down and washed His friends dirty feet, just moments before some of them betrayed Him and handed them over to death. I’m talking about the man who had people mock Him all throughout His ministry, yet pursued them anyway and died for them to have life. I’m talking about the man who will set you straight if He needs to, but who always does so out of a heart of love.
There is no one quite like Jesus. No one compares. We can try to be the best representation we want to be, but we’ll always fall short. Thank God that His grace is sufficient. We don’t have to strive to be perfect. There is only One who is perfect, and all He does is call us to believe in His Name so that we’ll be covered in His righteousness, not our own pitiful works. Christians believe that there is no “good deed” or way of living that will ever measure up to God’s holiness. We can’t keep giving God acts of service to cover up our sinful heart. Instead of trying to work our way up to God, God came down to us and closed the gap. There is nothing we have to do besides let go of ourselves and accept the free gift of life! Jesus took our sin and gave us His righteousness so that the day we stand before God the Father, He sees only Jesus, HIs perfect image, in us, not ourselves.