Seeing the God who can't be seen


My daughter is seven and is at an age where she reasons. She methodically processes the things she sees and the things she hears. She asks lots of questions along the way. She thinks critically about what she experiences and learns. And most recently—to my wife—

But what do we make of this baby? What's the point?

"How do you know God is real? I can't see him or hear him. I need proof"

Oh boy! I'm sure it's the first of many questions that I feel inadequately equipped to answer and even more so to answer well.

Yet, I believe we are given something tangible in the person of Jesus. Granted we can't meet him in the flesh either, but we have a record of his words and his life. We have in the person of Jesus, God in our midst.

That's quite incredible, really, when you think about it. Jesus is God come down. I love how the first verse below puts it, "we see the God who cannot be seen." If we want to know God, the Creator, we can meet him in the person of Jesus. If we want to know the God of love, we can in Jesus. If we want to know the God of justice and mercy, we can in the person of Jesus.

Here are the readings for the tenth day of Advent:

Colossians 1:15

"We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen."

Hebrews 1:1-3

"Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words!"

Colossians 2:9

"But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly."

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