The beginning of the Bible tells us that God created human beings in His image. But we’ve been tempted to reimagine God in our own image. The result? Believing that God is much less than who He really is. These misconceptions can make God seem more like a cartoon villain instead of the loving and gracious Creator that He is.
So how can we truly see and understand the character of God? We look at the life of Jesus in the New Testament.
The New Testament authors share how the God of Israel entered history. God revealed Himself most clearly when hanging on a Roman cross, where He willingly sacrificed Himself for the sake of the world.
It’s through that sacrificial death that we are presented with the truth of who God is and what He’s like: the suffering Servant and our crucified King.
When we understand God through the life of Jesus, we discover:
- God is not distant or detached. He’s close and compassionate.
- God is full of grace and full of truth. Not one or the other, not sometimes this one and sometimes that one, but all grace and all truth—all the time.
- God cares, God knows, God sees, and God loves.
- God doesn’t demand our worship for His own good, but compassionately stepped into history for our good.
And all of this is beautifully consistent with the way God presents Himself
And that’s the memo.