I preached from Colossians 1:15-23 on Sunday night. During the course of the sermon I spoke about what God looked like and of course linked that to Jesus being the visible image of the invisible God.
In speaking about God’s love and holiness I asked what does a loving God look like? What does a holy God look like and then asked what is holiness? And came to the conclusion that if Jesus is the image of God and is God – then he is the image of what a loving God looks like. Jesus is the image of what a holy God looks like.
Jesus is the epitome of holiness. He is the epitome of love. The way he walked, spoke, lived, ate, breathed, taught and engaged within society is the perfect reflection and example of holiness – because all he did was and is holy. Holiness is not some form of perfect ephemeral state that we can’t quite put our finger on, nor is it something we can’t describe.
Jesus is our perfect example of love and holiness because he is pure love and holiness.