No one has seen God
No one has seen God at any time; but the unique One, who is himself God, who is at the Father’s side, he has revealed him and made him known. – John 1:1
1 John 4:14-15
14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.
Many Americans desire to see and visit the White House in person. Thousands of American children and their parents get to do that each year at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The event dates back to 1878 when then President Rutherford B. Hayes invited children to roll eggs with spoons on the South Lawn of the White House.
Egg rolling continued every year until 1917, when United States entered World War I.
To make Easter eggs, requires that you throw away the egg white and yoke, keeping only the shell for coloring. During the World War I, the United States was dealing with severe food shortages, particularly eggs.
On top of that, the Germans were making every effort to sink US ships with their submarines. Thus destroying perfectly good eggs became a tragic waste and was actually helping the German war efforts. The deliberate destruction of thousands of eggs just to be colored for Easter was deemed downright unpatriotic. So it was temporarily abandoned.
By 1919, the egg shortage had eased. But the White House egg roll didn’t return until 1921. When new President Warren Harding and his wife, Florence, once again invited children to celebrate Easter Monday on the lawn (The Washington Post, Ronald G. Shafer, March 16, 2020).
With much regret, on Monday morning, March 16, 2020, first lady Melania Trump’s office announced another cancellation of the annual egg roll, this time “out of an abundance of caution” as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the world.
In much the same way as young children never get to see the White House when the annual egg roll is canceled, many of the Father’s children who long to see Him face-to-face are also very disappointed.
However, the Scriptures make it quite clear that no one has seen God at any time (John 1:18). No one in the Old Testament period considered it possible to see the Father face-to-face.
Exodus 33:20 “But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.”
Regardless, Moses requested to see the glorious presence of the Father’s face.
18 Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.”
19 The LORD replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call Out my name, Yahweh, before you. . . .”
20 “But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.”
21 The LORD continued, “Look, stand near me on this rock.”
22 “As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.”
23 “Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.”
REFLECT & PRAY
If you want to see the Father just look at the Son.
Father, we often wonder what You are really like. Thank you for sending Your Son to show us exactly what You are like.
No human being has ever seen the Father in a full and complete way. In the Old Testament He appeared to some people in dreams and visions. Moses was only allowed to see His back.
John 6:46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.
But the Father has done a remarkable, almost unimaginable thing.
John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; but the unique One, who is himself God, who is at the Father’s side, he has revealed him and made him known.
When the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God became flesh and dwelt among us, He revealed the Father to us. What does that mean?
The Greek term translated revealed or explained is exegesato. It comes from the Greek verb exegeomai, which means to lead out, explain, interpret, tell, report, describe, or make known. The English word “exegesis” is derived from this Greek word. Serious students of the Bible are familiar with this word. Exegesis means to explain or interpret.
Because no one can fully see and comprehend the Father in His Glory and live, the Lord Jesus Christ came to exegete and fully reveal the Father. “If you want to see what God is like, look at Jesus” (Barclay).
The apostle John with unbridled enthusiasm and joy, excitedly declares:
1 John 1:1-4
1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.
2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.
3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
The apostles not only got to see the Lord Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, they touched Him. John loved Him dearly. At the Last Supper, John rested at Jesus’ side, he laid his head on the Lord Jesus Christ’s bosom (John 13:23).
Hebrews 1:3 The Son is the radiance of his glory and the exact representation of his essence.