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"What Does God Look Like?"

December 24, 2011

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And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a Baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." Luke 2:10-12

What does God look like? It's an interesting question.

A non-Christian won't be able to answer that question. A well-schooled Lutheran might quote the Catechism: "God is a Spirit, that is a being endowed with mind and will without a body."

What does God look like? Some years ago a pastor asked his Sunday school that question. The replies he received were most interesting:

• One child said, "God is a human being with eyes like fire, and He shampoos His hair every day."

• Another youngster replied, "He's tall. He looks like my daddy. He wears a jumpsuit on weekends and has a bald head."

• One Sunday school scholar commented, "I think He's an old man with a long, gray beard, and He sits on a throne like the king of all mankind and He drinks all the Dr. Pepper He wants."

• The last said, "He looks like Jesus, but I'll tell you a secret: I'm not sure, 'cause I've never seen Him."

What does God look like?

To find God's answer to that question we need to look in Bethlehem. There we will see a Child, God's Son, our Savior. He looks like a baby because He is a Baby, but He is an exceptional Baby because this child will live His life without sin.

What does God look like?

To find God's answer to that question we need to stand before Calvary's cross. There we will see the Child has grown into a Man: an exceptional Man. Throughout His life and ministry He has befriended those who were lonely, reached out to those who were untouchable and provided comfort to the heartbroken. On the cross we see Him dying the death that our sins have demanded.

What does God look like?

To find God's answer to that question we need to go to a locked room in Jerusalem. There we will see the risen Lord appearing to His hiding, troubled disciples. We will hear Him offer God's peace, which comes to all who are brought to faith in the Redeemer -- the Redeemer who has offered His life in exchange for ours.

What does God look like?

He looks like Jesus, whose birth we are blessed to celebrate. Thanks be to God we have seen the Savior -- the personification of God's great grace.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, today I give thanks the Holy Spirit has allowed me to see Jesus, my Savior. May I always treasure Him, who has given His life so I might be freed from the grasp of sin, death and devil. As the opportunities allow, may I share my Savior with others who are still wondering what does God look like? In Jesus' Name I pray it. Amen.

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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

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