Ponder this for a moment:
J. K. Rowling knows everything about Harry Potter, but Harry Potters knows nothing of J. K. Rowling.
Mark Twain knows everything about Huck Finn, but Huck Finn knows nothing of Mark Twain.
J. R. R. Tolkien knows everything about Frodo, but Frodo knows nothing of J. R. R. Tolkien.
Most writers like Rowling, Twain, and Tolkien spend untold hours contemplating and developing the characters they want to bring to life in the pages of their novels. A good author can tell you everything about their characters because they created them. Unsurprisingly, the characters can tell us nothing of their creators. The two have never met. They live in two separate worlds!
For the longest of time, the same could be said of us and our Author/Creator. We did not know Him. We could not describe Him. We lived in two separate worlds. Then everything changed with John 1:14.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….
That’s when Jesus, aka “the Word,” wrote Himself into the story we were living! By His divine prerogative, God entered our story so He could introduce Himself to us! He wanted us to know Him and the only way that was possible was for Him to come to us.
The apostle Paul tells us exactly who this Jesus is in Colossians 1:15 & 19-20.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Jesus is the revelation of God in the flesh, and in Jesus, all of God was pleased to live. Jesus came to reconcile us to God by dying on the cross to forgive us of our sins. Now the characters, us, can know the Author, God!
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