Jesus Reveals God
Jesus has several important roles. Among these is that Jesus showed us what God is like.
"Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 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. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs." (Hebrews 1:1-4)
This passage points out that God has spoken to us in many different ways, particularly through the prophets who wrote the Old Testament, but that he has now revealed himself through Jesus Christ. The passage tells us that Jesus is the exact imprint of God - he is the closest possible image of God. If we wish to know what God is about we must look to Jesus.
It is important to remember that there is a difference between an image and the original. Shortly before Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus asked his hearers to show him a coin. “Whose image and inscription are on this?” he asked. The answer was “Caesar’s”. (Luke 20:24) The image of Caesar was on the coin, just as Jesus is the image of God. But there is a difference between the image and the substance. The coin was made of metal. Caesar was made of human flesh and bones. The two are not even vaguely alike. When the Bible describes Jesus as the image of God it is important not to confuse the image with the substance.
The truth is that Jesus reveals God in a way which is unmatched by any other being. Jesus is the greatest possible revelation of God.