Jesus as Revelation

Jesus as revelation is the fulfillment of Scripture

The coming of Christ did not happen in a vacuum. In one sense, the Incarnation was the most important event in the history of Israel. In an other sense, a true Jew should not have been surprised by the appearance of Jesus. They were in possession of the Scriptures and therefore had a possession of the revelation of God. The nature of revelation is progressive. It builds on itself and continues to point forward. Jesus as revelation is climatic. Revelation is given by God in history progressively. Vos spoke of God’s revelation like rings in a tree. Each successive ring has grown out of the preceding one. God reveals and in doing so sets up another revelation. We are always looking forward for more revelation and more of God.

When Christ refers to himself as the “I am” (John 8:58; Exodus 3) the Jews understand what he is saying judging from their response. They pick up stones. Jesus in saying this is explaining revelation to them, he is saying more than “I am God” he is saying “All of history and all the Scriptures point to me.”

Scott Oliphint says about the Incarnation “The verbal written word of God interprets the deed of God in sending his son.” When God had told his people he was sending the Messiah, he also told them why he was coming. We receive Jesus, as the revelation of God, and with the Scripture we interpret the works of God. The Scripture is vital for us to understand history, creation, the world around us, and of course Jesus.

Jesus as revelation reveals God the Father

“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. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.” (John 14:8–11 ESV)

Philip in this passage seems to miss the point. Philip asks to see the Father now that he has seen the Son. Jesus reminds him that when we see Christ we see the Father. The vision of God is the vision of Christ. To know God we must know the Son. In knowing Christ we know God, know the Son you know the Father. It is said that God is invisible but in Christ he is made visible. We now look to that day when we will see him face to face in eternity and we will no longer walk by faith but by sight.