As we saw last time, one of Christ’s major “jobs” is that of redemption. We analyzed the specific skills needed both in Christ’s work of redemption and in our work if we are to act redemptively. At the end, I previewed this post with saying that the next major category of Christ’s work is that of communicator. This may need some explaining, so today my main goal is to explain exactly what I mean by Christ the communicator.
In reference to Jesus Christ, John refers to Him as the Word. And as John 1:14 and 18 says “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth…. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” Christ came to make God the Father known. Christ is the Word that communicates God the Father in a way that makes it possible for us to know and understand Him.
In Colossians 1:15 Paul writes of Christ, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Christ is the exact likeness, the icon of the image of God. I find it fascinating that both verbal and visual metaphors are used in describing how Christ communicates God the Father to humanity.
Christ, through His life, death and resurrection makes in general the Trinity (and specifically the Father) available for our understanding. He communicates to us the infinite, omnipotent, all-loving, holy, eternal, omnipresent (etc.) Trinity to us in a the only way we could have possibly understand. He is the Word of God and the image of God.
Next time we will ponder what specific tasks and skills are needed for Christ to be a communicator and how those skills show up in our every day work.