(Excerpt from Showing forth the Virtues of God by Allan Harvey, compiled by Rob Lawson)
In Jesus was seen the perfect reflection of the divine character; so perfect indeed that the writer to the Hebrews declares him to be “the express image of his person”, and that Greek word, meaning ‘engraving’ or ‘a figure stamped’ is the word from which we derive our word ‘character’.
Jesus manifested the character so clearly that he could say,
“He that hath seen me hath seen the Father”.
The word so entered and permanently “dwelt” in him – so stamped upon him was the figure of his Father – that he is called by John “The Word made flesh”; and this Word “dwelt [tabernacled] among us” (John 1:14). The tabernacle, in the day it was dedicated, was filled with the glory of God – no room for Moses or Aaron, they were excluded – and the glory was seen over the tabernacle, as though the majesty overflowed God’s dwelling place. So John says,
“We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of (literally ‘covered over, overflowing with’) grace and truth … and of his fulness have all we received” (1:14-16).
John then draws a contrast between Jesus and Moses:
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (verse 18).
Moses was hidden in the cleft of a rock, seeing but the back parts; whereas Jesus was enfolded by the Father and openly revealed Him. All the goodness of God was seen to pass by before the people, if they had but eyes to see and ears to hear, as he
“preached righteousness in the great congregation … I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation” (Psalm 40:8-10).
Yet as he did so, the elders had the audacity to say,
“Thou hast a devil”.
He did not hide God’s righteousness nor refrain his lips; but in all his words and in all his actions he unfolded his Father, to the end that as he approached his final hour he could say in the prayer recorded in John 17,
“I have manifested thy name unto the men thou gavest me”.