Who is God? How can I know Him?
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell
Scripture Readings: Hebrews 1:1-6
Key Verse: Hebrews 1:3
“He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.”
In these passages the author reminds us of who God says he is, as revealed through the prophets, and how God calls Jesus his son, superior to the angels, an “exact imprint” of himself. Like a mirror, Jesus reflects the very face of God, the very nature of God the Father.
In the animal kingdom, a baby animal quickly imprints–recognizes his own kind, recognizes his mother, bonds with her, and follows her. Jesus, God’s “imprint,” recognized his Father as his own, recognized his own divinity, reflected and radiated the purity of God’s love.
Jesus, both human and divine, beckons us to “imprint,” to bond with him, to recognize him as our father, to reflect his pure love, the same love he reflects of his father, to take up our own crosses and to follow him.
If we want to know God, want to see God, want to experience God, we need only look to Jesus who reflects his glory and his very nature. His life, his teachings, his healings, his goodness, his love, his grace—these are of God.
We can know God through his word and in his reflection in Jesus–they are one and the same.
May I seek Jesus, the one true God, and not an imitation. May I read his Word when I need his love and guidance. May I pray to him for counsel. May I thank him and praise Him and give all the glory to him. Amen.
I love your baby animal analogy, Elizabeth, and showing how imprinting and following are tied.
Thanks–the word “imprint” in that verse made a profound impact on me! Thanks for your comments! Elizabeth