It would be enough for me if I could just look into the face of God. All doubt would disappear and every question would be answered. The chaos of the world would finally make sense. My personal situation would find meaning and purpose. If only.
"Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. John 14:8."
To know Jesus is to know the Father. It is a stumbling block to both Jew and Muslim. Non-Christians have said that Paul perverted the gospels and developed an idea foreign to the Apostolic Church, the deity of Jesus. The Apostle Paul does not create a new doctrine, but writing to the Colossians expounds on Jesus' declaration.
"He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17."
He doesn't mince words, he merely states a fact, Jesus is the image of the invisible God, deity made flesh. John 1:18 says, "No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known." Jesus said "not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. John 6:46."
Paul then attributes to Jesus an act that in both the Jewish and Gentile world is attribute only go God, the creation of the world. Everything that exists, both physical and spiritual, thrones or dominions, rulers and authorities has been created by him -- all things. But not only by him but through him.
The Geek word "through" means place or medium. Jesus didn't take a ball of dirt and fashion something, but through his essence and being created out of nothing all that exists. And he did it for himself.
Why do we exit? For the pleasure of Jesus. We were created in love so that we might give pleasure through our interaction with Jesus. When a mother and father have a child they do it for their own pleasure. They desire to interact, give direction, and enjoy the fellowship of their child. God has created us for this same purpose, so that we might find pleasure in his.
Paul then says something extraordinary, "he is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Whether it is the macrocosm or the microcosm of the universe it is held together by Jesus. He is the glue that holds atoms together. He is the force that keeps the stars in their place. I know it doesn't sound scientific. But I am sure when we sit at the foot of our creator he would be happy to explain the physics behind it, but the science doesn't make it any less true.
As God, Jesus is preeminent over everything that exist. It is by his authority that the universe and the nations exist. We do not lose hope in the chaos that surrounds us because he who has created the worlds holds us in his hands. "Fear not," Jesus said. "For I have overcome the world."
I am reassured that the invisible God has made himself known, and continues to make himself known through his Spirit. The same Spirit of Truth that lives inside all who believe. I'm just saying.