What actually happened at Christmas? Who was this that came as a baby in Bethlehem and about whom so much is spoken? To answer that question, we can go to Colossians 1. There Paul said of Jesus that he “is the image of the invisible God.” That is quit a statement. It can be accurately said, Jesus is the very face of God. Jesus himself said, “If you have seen me you have seen the father.” IN John 1 Jesus is called “the word”. In John 1.14 it says of Jesus, “The word became flesh and dwelled among us.” Jesus became flesh and camped out with us on this earth. In Isaiah 7.14 it refers to the virgin birth of Jesus and says of him that His name shall be called “Immanuel, which means, God with us.” So let us answer the question! Who is this who came at Christmas? The image of God, the word of God in flesh, God with us. This is God in human form. He is fully God, Fully Man and fully one at the same time. Again, “Jesus is the very face of God.”
Let us make this practical. How does God feel about children? Look into the face of Jesus as portrayed in the gospels as he held them in his arms and spoke of their faith. When the disciples were having a discussion about who was greatest among them, Jesus quietly calls a child to his side, thus explaining that unless you are willing to be like that little child, you won’t even see heaven. By the way, I picture Jesus and the child playing some game together and laughing together before He got back to answering the disciples silly argument about who was greatest in the kingdom.
How does God feel about Hypocrisy? Look again at the gospels and here him call the religious leaders of his day “white washed graves.” That is not a compliment. Here the voice of Jesus, which is the voice of God, say, “repent!”
How does God feel about prayer? Look at the face of God as Jesus gets alone in Mark 1 to pray. While the world was craving his healing powers, and wanting to keep him busy all the time, Jesus made a point often to get alone and pray to His father.
We could go on and on listing God’s reaction to death, to wrong things taking place in the temple, to His grief as he approached the cross. But the point is, Jesus as the word explains to us in vivid colors the very Heart of the God we will all face. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes unto the father except by me.” Jesus said this. Therefore God says this. There are not many ways to God. There is one way. And that way is Jesus. Look and listen to God in John 14.6