In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1: 1-3
Human beings like to construct a God who we feel we are justified in rejecting. That way we can rationalize doing as we please, being accountable only to ourselves. We all do this. We prefer a Straw God.
But the book he wrote says we ought to recognize him by His Son. God = Jesus Christ.
We ought to see in Him not the god who commits genocide, the god who punishes disobedient children in eternal torment, the god who holds us accountable to silly rules and whose only response is to punish, the god who expects to be appeased. Or the god who winks at our mistakes because we’re really good deep inside. Not the distant god, the irrelevant one, the god of that Old boring Testament.
The Bible says Jesus represents God; He is the exact representative of who He is. Jesus said so himself too.
I and the Father are one. John 10: 30
All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. Luke 10: 22
I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me. John 5:30
According to God’s book, Jesus was one with His Father. At a real point in space and time, He came to be one of us.
Do you have any bones to pick with Jesus? He went about doing good. He healed, he raised the dead, he lived an utterly selfless life. He was always kind and patient. He validated the worth of women, children, the lowly, the socially unfavored, the outcast. Then…
He went to torture, humiliation, abandonment and painful death. This is how we should think of God. Here was God become fully human, hanging on a torture device and dying of blood loss and suffocation. Not for his own crimes, but for some abstruse offense assigned to him by those in power who wanted him out of the way.
He had no crimes to die for. He died on the behalf of others who deserved to die: me and you. He did all of this to show us Who God is. That is the True God. That’s how we ought to think of GOD.
Then, in order to show us the power and acceptance of this self-sacrifice, His death was undone. He became alive again. The penalty was accepted and it is we who are credited with forgiveness.
All I need to do is recognize this and accept his gift for myself. It is a gift because I can in no way earn it; God had to do this for me.
That’s who God is: Jesus.