“21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” NIV
In the New Testament the knowledge of God is unmistakably Christ- centred.
In Jesus we see most clearly what God is like. Canon Michael Green once observed, ‘Jesus is the window into God.’
It is only through Jesus that we can approach God and have a relationship with Him (See e.g.John 14:6/Acts 4:12)
How can we explain the resurrection and ascension of Jesus without taking seriously the Bible’s own explanation that this was a work of God? Although Jesus had the right to both lay down His own life and take it up again (John 10:17, 18), the uniform testimony of the New Testament is that the Father did this.
Therefore Christian ‘’faith’’ is in this very real God who is revealed in Jesus, and our certain ‘’hope’’ is of being with Him and seeing Him for ever. As I write these words on Easter Sunday afternoon, the Word of God shines even brighter than than the brilliant sunshine outside, and it’s warmth reaches my heart. The risen Lord still cause hearts to ‘’burn’’ (Luke 24:32).
There is a God, and if you want to know what He is like, take a long, hard look at Jesus. Then trust in this same Jesus to bring you to Him.