“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being…”
Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)
Who exactly is Jesus? We know from scripture that he comes from God and is the son of God (John 1:18, Mark 3:11). Does that make him God, too? John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin and the one who baptized him, announced to the crowds that followed him that while no one had ever seen God, Jesus had come to make Him known.
The Expanded Bible declares this in detail:
No one has ever seen God [God the Father, who is pure spirit]. But God the only Son is very close to the Father, and he has shown us what God is like [made him known] (John 1:18).
Jesus could do this because He himself represents God exactly, radiating His glory like a light. In fact, Jesus describes himself as the Light of the World, shining in the darkness of a broken world to illuminate the path back to God (John 8:12).
Nature itself reveals this relationship of spirit God and a visible Light of the World in the forming of the rainbow.
Light rays are invisible, but when they pass through a prism, the rays bend, creating a beautiful array of visible colors.
Jesus is like a human prism in whom God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell (Colossians 1:19). God pleased to house himself in a human baby. As Jesus grew, with tender love…for love’s sake…for our sake…God bent the Light under the weight of the cross.
Perfect God-Light, contorted together in broken prism of human flesh, displaying the radiance of God’s glory, displaying a promise first given to Noah…a rainbow promise of salvation. Hope displayed in visible color on the cross.
Who is Jesus? Look to the rainbow. The rainbow is not just the radiance of invisible light and its exact representation, it is the light itself. And therein lies our answer as to the nature of who Jesus is.
Who do you say Jesus is?
Father, thank you that you are not hidden from us any longer, but that Jesus came to reveal you to us and to make you known to us. Thank you that before there was ever your written Word, there was nature to reflect your truths, and that those who do not yet have your written Word can see your eternal power and divine nature from what has been made.