At Christmas many people send Christmas letters that detail the lives of their families over the past year. Many will include a family picture along with season's greetings. Some will just send a picture.
This is a nice custom that many have as part of their Christmas celebrations. They want to fill people in on their lives throughout the past year. They want us to know how little Johnny is doing in sports. They want us to know what Margaret is up to as she moves on into High School. They want us to know how work, family, friends, and life are going. They want us to know their lives. They want us to know, to a greater extent, who they are and what they are like.
Of course, this is just a snapshot of their life.
If we really want to know the husband or the wife, we need to talk to their better half. If we really want to know the kids, we need to talk to the parents. And if we really want to get to know the parents, we need to talk to their kids.
Throughout the Bible God gives us snapshots of his nature - who he is and what he's like. In fact, the whole Old Testament reveals to us much about who God is and what he is like. And yet, much was still unknown. Reading it we can see what he is like and what he is up to, but only dimly.
But then Jesus came. And Jesus is God's Christmas letter to us. He reveals the Father to us. He makes God known to us. John tells us this:
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of graceand truth... Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. - John 1:14, 16-18
In other words, Jesus is God's Christmas letter to us. He is the one who is God himself. Yes, Jesus is truly God. And, on top of all that, he lives in the closest relationship with the Father. So, if anyone is going to make God known, it is the Son. Jesus has come to make the Father known to us.
So, if you want to know God, read his Christmas letter to you. Get to know his Son, Jesus. Spend this time after Christmas and your time in the New Year encountering Jesus in his Word. Spend some time getting to know who he is and what he is like. Because when you know Jesus, then you know the Father. When you know Jesus, then you know what the Father is like
This Sunday, we're going to start a brand new series doing just that. We are going to meet Jesus in his Word. And we'll never be the same! The shepherds saw him and returned glorifying and praising God for what they had seen. Mary treasured up these things and pondered them in her heart. Simeon was ready to depart in peace. Anna sang songs and told everyone about him. The disciples left their nets to follow him. When people met Jesus and encountered him, their lives changed. So will ours.