Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.
Jesus said, “The Son of Man will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But the Twelve understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them.
I’ve never seen gravity, but I certainly have experienced its results! I’ve never seen a watch factory, but I wear a watch that I am quite certain was made in a watch factory. I’ve never seen the wind, but I’ve seen dust carried along by the wind and the results of hurricane-force winds.
I’ve never seen God either, but I’ve seen the evidence of his presence, and experienced the influence of his love. God hides himself because he does not need to be seen in order to be loved, believed in, or called upon.
God is hidden behind the curtain of eternity, transcendence, holiness, and glory. We cannot behold him and live. He is not our errand boy. He is not one who shows up at our beck and call. But for a time, God showed up and was seen: the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. And when he was here on earth, seen by any who would pass his way, he was treated shamefully, and we didn’t understand what he was doing or what the impact of his visit would be.
Today, however, we believe that God showed himself in Jesus. And when he did, it was a show of mercy, love, grace, forgiveness, faithfulness, and righteousness. Thank God he has not hidden himself from us, but revealed his nature and essence in Jesus!