How is Jesus the supreme image of God?

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The most important thing to know about God is that you can't know God. God's mystery, God's beyond us. And so, we're always looking for ways to understand God, and God is always looking for ways to make God's self understandable to us. And Christian theologians have thought that there are ways in which God has revealed God's self in terms of nature, in terms of the created order, that God has revealed part of God's self in Scripture, in revelation. But God's best piece of work in trying to explain to us who God is, is in the character of Jesus Christ. Here, all that God is gets brought together with all that we are as human beings, and for the first time we get to see the true heart of God, the true longing of God, the most central characteristics of God as they would be lived out if they were in human form among us, which we find in Jesus Christ.

Answer by Dr. Daniel Aleshire

Daniel O. Aleshire retired in 2017 as the executive director of The Association of Theological Schools after serving that organization since 1990. Aleshire holds a B.S. from Belmont University, an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in psychology from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tenn. (now Peabody College of Vanderbilt University). An ordained minister, he has written extensively on issues of ministry and theological education.