An Overview of God as Seen in Scripture
We are ever asking ourselves what God is like. In most cases when we think of God, what comes to mind is power and majesty. Nevertheless, there are times when the picture of God that we get is that of One coming to us in abject humility and total helplessness. It is the same God of power of majesty in whose image we see Jesus, having come down here on earth and leading such a shameful life and finally ending it all by suffering the death of the cross.
Christians have the belief cutting all across them that Jesus is the revelation of God. In the Bible, reading the lines in the gospel of John, we hear Jesus declare about himself that all that have seen Him have seen the Father, reading as taken in the book of John 14:26 b, and these affirm this belief in the Christian world. In the New Testament there are further texts that further affirm this belief in the Christian world such as we can see in the book Hebrews 1:3, where the inspired writer says that Jesus is the “imprint of God’s very nature”. The rather common one is that which is found in the Old Testament Scriptures as in the Books of Isaiah the prophet and the same in the New Testament in the book of Matthew, “Emmanuel…God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).
Let us consider the story of God as we see it in the story of Christmas which gets the stage rather unlikely. This is a show where you consider the fact of seeing the God of the universe setting into the stage as a microscopic cell which would be absolutely reliant on his mother for his existence and life as a child. It then goes on and sets Jesus, the God of the universe, having his life as a newborn, having it to be taken from a manger. The life of the God of the universe we see exemplified in Jesus’ earthly sojourn is of one with no place to lay head, one who is ever seeking to serve and not to be served, washing the disciples’ feet, so despised and rejected and finally dying the shameful death at the hands of an executioner. Jesus in all this leaves us nothing to guess anyway about what God is actually like.
You are not to see God in a manger as a God who has left or abandoned His divinity but a God who has given us the absolute revelation of His exact nature and Divinity instead. The God we see here is one who will give all of Himself for others and not hold a thing back for the sake of someone, and this is just the Divine nature.