God is transcendent, and He dwells in unapproachable light (1 Tim. 6:16). It’s impossible for us to see Him, much less draw near to Him, apart from Jesus. Jesus is God’s mirror, and He came to earth to reveal God to man.
The apostle John tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . 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” (John 1:1, 14 ESV).
John is the only New Testament author to call Jesus “the Word”—Logos in Greek. The Word has always existed, even before the heavens and the earth were created. John tells us that Jesus, the Word, is God. He became a man so we could see what God is like. He took on human flesh so God could be revealed to mankind.
Jesus is the physical manifestation of God the Father. He is the expression of the Father’s thoughts, the Father’s heart, and the Father’s will. Jesus makes the invisible God visible. He makes the unknown God knowable.
He is also the means of communication between God and man. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6 ESV). Through Jesus, the transcendent, invisible, unknowable God draws near to us . . .
Jesus reveals the way to the Father. He is God’s final Word. He has spoken. Are we listening? Are we filling our minds with the world’s novels, television programs, and music, or are we filling our minds with Jesus, the Word of God?
Because of Jesus, the Logos, we can know the Father. But we will never know the will of God, the thoughts of God, the mind of God, or the heart of God any better than we know His Son. If you want to know God, you must know Jesus. If you want direction for your life, listen to Jesus. Let Him speak to you through His Word.