He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
I’m always wondering who God is. He is so great and powerful. He is so lofty and majestic. He is so everywhere and nowhere. He is so deep and near. I can only look with wonder and amazement when I try to imagine who the LORD is. And I understand when I see that in the Bible time and again people fall to the ground as if they were dead when they encounter the glorious splendor of the LORD. For who can see the LORD and live?
But when I read about this in the Bible, I always hear those words: “Fear not!” And these words are all the more powerful because Jesus has come. He made God visible and accessible for us mortal beings. He put a face to the Creator whom we could not know because he is an unfathomable mystery and lives in an unapproachable light.
And when I then hear that in Jesus Christ God’s glory shines and that he is God’s image, then my heart jumps for joy. God no longer is at a distance, unknowable and inaccessible. In Jesus he has become visible and perceivable. And I allow myself to be impacted by the fact that the God who reveals himself in the Old Testament as Yahweh meets me in the New Testament in Jesus. What did Jesus say again?
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
John 14:7, 9
If it is really true that Jesus is the image of God—and it is true, because the Bible says so—then I can apply everything that is said about God in the Old Testament to the Son of God. And this gives wonderful opportunities to worship Jesus with the Psalms!
But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.
The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
Jesus, you are God’s image. What a privilege that I can see God’s glory shine in you and that I may worship you as the Lord of heaven and earth, as the creator of all there is, as my sun and my shield. Thank you that I may know that I, when I see you, see the Father. LORD Jesus, you are God!