When I was a kid I visited the Grand Canyon. It sure was big!
I went back a few months ago with my daughter on her school field trip. It was way bigger!
What I thought I had seen and knew, just seemed to expand to something so much more right before my eyes.
I think that is what Jesus did, does and continues to do. Helps expand our understanding of God.
God is more…
He is more than maybe what we first perceive or the glance we first catch. He is bigger than we imagine in this moment…wait a little bit and you’ll see Him become more.
The Apostle Paul wrote that Jesus is the exact representation of God – he is God.
If you want to know what God is truly, really like? – look at Jesus.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together. ~Colossians 1:15-17
When Jesus showed up on the scene – he came to put God on more tangible display. You can even call it Heavenly Display – a new kind of HD quality…though there were no blemishes to coverup.
That’s why the disciples, who understood prayer from their childhood and from within their culture, would look at Jesus one day and say “teach us to pray.” You pray different then us. He began “Our Father in Heaven”… Jesus began prayer as a conversation. With ABBA, which meant ‘daddy’. Friends, suddenly prayer just became a whole lot more intimate in nature steered away from it’s stoic normalcy of the day. It blew them away. Revolutionary.
Jesus described the Father as a dad who would wait for his wayward son to come home after wasting all of his inheritance and shipwrecking his life. And he waited with intent – but maybe different than you might imagine…
The kind of dad who didn’t wait for the son to drudge up the driveway with a sunken face and bags full of shame to deliver a speech of brokenness and request to just be hired back as a servant. Nope, this dad would run to a broken son as he caught his eye coming over the horizon and before the speech could even begin, the welcome home party decorations were being hung and the grill was smoking with some good T-bones. (you know that’s right!)
Jesus was always seeking to expand our vantage point and clarify our understanding of what God is really like. He wants us to see God in His ever-expanding vastness and with greater clarity. If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. As you read through the gospel accounts – listen to how He described the Father.
God is a creator, sustainer, cultivator, Father, curator, wise, architect, Shepherd, sculptor, director, coach, the Good Gardener of my entire life…and so much more.
God is more…