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If we want to know God, we can look to Jesus.

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Read Colossians 1:15-20

At the Denver Mint, tourists can participate in the process of making a penny. Inside the giant machine is a metal carved stamp invisible to the eye. When each person pushes a button, the machine imprints a coin with the stamp’s carving. In America, we have coins with images of U.S. Presidents on them. In the Roman Empire, coins would have the imprint of Caesar.

God uses a similar process of imprinting to make himself known to us. We were created in God’s image as a way of knowing God, but when Jesus comes, he is said to be “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). Not only that, he is the “exact imprint” of God (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus was not only a human being, he had all of the character of the Godhead in Him. As Jesus came to earth, he was fully God and fully man.

God gave the clearest picture of himself possible when He sent Jesus to the earth as a man. It might seem impossible to know God. It might seem like he’s far away. The Israelites would have felt this too. They couldn’t see God. They only had shadows of him. But, when Jesus Christ finally came down from heaven, he made it possible for finite man to finally see what the infinite God is like. God made himself visible to mortal eyes in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived God’s holy character. His kindness showed God’s love. His healings showed God’s care. And Jesus said, “whoever has seen me has seen the Father” – in body and spirit (John 14:9).

Unlike staring at the imprint in a coin, Jesus Christ doesn’t just represent the likeness of God, he is the full manifestation of God himself. If we want to know God, we can look to Jesus. We can behold the nature and grandeur of the eternal Father by spending time with Jesus. And this shows us the character of God. Jesus is proof that God doesn’t want to remain far off and hidden from us. He desires that we see him, know him, and experience him first-hand.

Jesus has the exact characteristics of God and you can see some of these same characteristics appear in other children of God. List some of the characteristics of Jesus you love most and praise God for how Jesus shines through people you know.

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By Donna Burns

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