An Overview of God as Seen in Scripture
We all have a question we all want answers to and it is that of a better understanding of what God is like, a full knowledge of what God is. “Power and majesty”, this is what oftentimes comes to mind whenever most of us think of God. In spite of this being the case, there are those times when what we see of God is a God who comes to us robbed of all power and majesty and comes to us in a state of rather total helplessness and total humility. In fact, it is seen in Scripture the story of Jesus, the Son of God, the express image of Divinity coming down to lead such a humble life despised by many and finally ending his sojourn by the shameful death of the cross.
The common belief running across the Christian faith and world is that Jesus is the express revelation of the Godhead. In the Bible, reading the lines in the gospel of John, we hear Jesus declare about himself that all that have seen Him have seen the Father, reading as taken in the book of John 14:26 b, and these affirm this belief in the Christian world. In the New Testament there are further texts that further affirm this belief in the Christian world such as we can see in the book Hebrews 1:3, where the inspired writer says that Jesus is the “imprint of God’s very nature”. The Old Testament even further ground this belief, as we see in the book of Isaiah the mention of “Emmanuel” which is said to mean “God with us” and these are in the seventh chapter and the 14th verse of the book of Isaiah and as well in the book of Matthew chapter 1:23.
Let us consider the story of God as we see it in the story of Christmas which gets the stage rather unlikely. This is a show where you consider the fact of seeing the God of the universe setting into the stage as a microscopic cell which would be absolutely reliant on his mother for his existence and life as a child. This then progresses to having his life, after he has been born of the mother, in a manger. The life of the God of the universe we see exemplified in Jesus’ earthly sojourn is of one with no place to lay head, one who is ever seeking to serve and not to be served, washing the disciples’ feet, so despised and rejected and finally dying the shameful death at the hands of an executioner. This is just what God is actually is.
You are not to see God in a manger as a God who has left or abandoned His divinity but a God who has given us the absolute revelation of His exact nature and Divinity instead. The God we see here is one who by His Divine nature will give Himself for others and will not hold back anything for selfish reasons, or a reason of any kind.