The writer of Hebrews says in his biographical sketch, Jesus Christ is the exact representation of God’s nature (ref. Heb. 1:3). Jesus Christ exemplified—exactly—the person and personality of God. He demonstrated how God thinks and feels, what wounds Him and causes Him to laugh, what chills Him and what thrills Him. In Christ we capture exactly what is on God’s mind and in His heart.
In other words, Jesus Christ explained God exactly as He is.
John also states that Jesus was full of grace and truth (1:14b) and that through Him grace and truth were realized (1:17b). Grace is God’s determination to reveal His heart to us. Truth is the absolute, unalterable, unequivocal declaration of God.
Thus, Jesus Christ is God’s resolve to say with absolute certainty, “This is what my heart toward you is like. It is unalterable. My determination to communicate My heart to you is constant and Jesus Christ is the embodiment of all that I am.”
Restated: Jesus demonstrated God’s heart (grace) exactly as it is (truth). He is the heart of God exemplified. He is the fact of God embodied. He is the incarnation of the invisible God. He is all that God is whether seen or unseen, comprehended or incomprehensible, heard or unheard, believed or doubted.
In other words, if you want to know who God is, closely consider Jesus Christ.
To know Jesus Christ is to know God. To comprehend that Jesus Christ is constant in His companionship is to realize the same about God. To believe Jesus Christ advocates on your behalf before God is to say God desperately wants you to be reconciled to Him.
So, how did Jesus Christ portray God? What does He look like? How does He act? That’s next—in Part 3.