Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Advent Day 24: Revelation

Advent Day 24: Revelation

"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 1:18

Today we reach the end of John's prologue and with it great news. Jesus came to earth and lived among us to show us God; to fully make known - reveal - who God is.

Jesus is the very image of God:
"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Colossians 1:15-17
"In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word." Hebrews 1:1-3
Jesus himself said, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father." John 14:9.

John says, "Jesus has made him known". The Greek word used here is exegeomai which means to declare by making plain; to tell the meaning of something, especially to make it known fully. From this word comes the English word exegesis, meaning interpretation or explanation. It holds the meaning of interpreting a text based solely on what it says. This is exactly what Jesus does. He exegetes God for us - He makes Him fully known. He is Divine revelation. Jesus is "the full and complete revelation of the invisible God. To know Jesus is to know God." Bob Utley

Thou art the everlasting Word,

  The Father’s only Son,

God manifestly seen and heard,
  And heav’n’s beloved One:
Divine, O Son of God, art Thou,
In Thee God’s fulness find we now.
Thou Art the Everlasting Word, Hymn by Josiah Condor, 1789-1855

Thank you for following along with Advent Words. My prayer and hope is that slowing down for the past 24 days of Advent and slowly going through John's prologue has been a time of refreshing. That it has served to help us all focus on the true meaning of Christmas. 
"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 grace and truth." John 1:14
Merry Christmas! 


  1. Mary, Thank you so much for this Advent Words study. It's been such a blessing to me in preparing my heart to celebrate His coming to earth for us! I'll enjoy looking back through my journal...so very meaningful. May God bless you as you continue to encourage us to walk deeper with Him!

    1. Thank you so much for joining along and for your kind words. Merry Christmas Bev.

  2. Thank you, again, Mary, for letting me come along with you with this Advent. I am always blessed by your words and art. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2020 will be filled with God's richest blessings and favor.

  3. Thank you for joining again this year! I always enjoy seeing how you respond in your art journal. Merry Christmas Shawna.