Google+ 10/14/13 God is Revealed!

John 1:17-18

 

For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

 No one has ever seen God.

But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart.

He has revealed God to us.

 

Today we begin a six-part devotion series entitled, "Revealed!"  Many times, as Christians, we focus on what God has NOT chosen to show us during our earthly lives.  Granted, there are a number of things we don't understand about God.  There are mysteries that God has created for our own protection.  Personally, I liken these unknowns to the famous quote from Jack Nicholson in the hit movie, "A Few Good Men."  He proclaims, "You can't handle the truth!"  That is probably why we don't know the date for the "end of times" or exactly what heaven will be like.  On the other hand, there are many things that God HAS revealed to us here on earth, not because He had to, but because He loves us so much.  Our Scripture today makes an important distinction between the Old Testament prophet Moses, and the New Testament Messiah Jesus.  God gave the law to Moses.  Remember the stone tablets?  Moses conveyed, to all of Israel, God's wishes as it applied to rules and lifestyles.  God sent His only Son to earth to reveal Himself to all of humanity.  Jesus was a living testimony of God's love and faithfulness to all of us.  That is why Christ's teachings are so important.  God truly revealed so many aspects of who He is through the life of His Son here on earth.  The apostle John explains that no one has ever seen God.  That is a New Testament acclamation.  While God appeared to several prophets in the Old Testament, He only appeared once in the New Testament to His Son Jesus and Peter, James, and John.  On that occasion, Jesus told the apostles that they could not speak about seeing God to anyone.  We will look at several "revealing" moments this week as we work through our devotion series.  Let's not focus so much on what we DON'T know about God, but rather on what we DO know.  By studying the Scriptural accounts of Jesus and listening to the Holy Spirit, "God is Revealed!"