While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.” (Matthew 17:5-9)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Here is the answer to the question, “What is God like?” We beheld His glory as the only-begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth, and the height of that glory was the cross. God became man, went to the cross, and the agony of the hell that is sin’s punishment. Jesus died for the ungodly. He died for those afraid of God and fleeing from God. He died for sinners. He died for you.
There is no greater love imaginable, and that is what God is like: abundant grace. There is nothing lovable about you as sinners, but God loves you in this way—He died for your sin so that your sin might be set aside, forgiven, and you may be made God’s own children. When sin, which puts you in the wrong with God, is answered for and forgiven by His beloved Son, your guilt and dreadful fear before God is gone. Forgiven, you are no longer afraid of God. Jesus gives us the answer to the question of what God is like. He shows us God is holy and just, kind and forgiving. Because of His dying on the cross, your sins can no more drag you fearfully from God but are forgiven and you, washed white in the blood of the Lamb, stand before God as His glad children and call Him,“Abba, Father.”
God has made Himself known to you. He has expressed Himself in Jesus of Nazareth, His beloved Son. He has chosen to be available through the things of our human world, through words, and water, and bread and wine. These are where He has chosen to be found. Hear it. Believe it. Receive it. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Through Jesus’ blood and merit I am at peace with God. What, then, can daunt my spirit, However dark my road? My courage shall not fail me, For God is on my side; Though hell itself assail me, Its rage I may deride. (Through Jesus’ Blood and Merit, LSB 746:1)