THE PRISM OF GOD
"And the Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as an only begotten from the Father, Full of grace and truth." John 1:14
The Glory of God
If you ask most Christians today why Jesus Christ came to the earth, most would say, to save us from our sins. This is because in evangelical Christianity we have a man centered gospel that focuses on our need instead of on God's purpose. If you really take a close, unbiased look at the Lord's life here on earth, you will find that He had a far greater purpose than that. What was it that drove Him to do what He did? What was it that drove Him to say what He said?
Well He did tell us that the things He said and the works He performed came directly from His Father. In the Garden of Gethsemane we can clearly see that He wanted to do the will of His Father. However, His real heart passion isn't revealed until we see Him praying to the Father. In John 17 the Lord really exposes His true desire toward the Father. He wanted to glorify the Father!
The Image of God
Paul tells us that Christ is the image of the invisible God. (Col. 1:15) He is the visible manifestation of the invisible Father. He is the exact representation, in human form, of all that the Father is. Christ is the revelation of the Father to man. He came to make His Father known and to express every aspect of His nature. The Father has always wanted to show Himself to man but there has been a problem.
The Raw Glory of God
In the Old Testament, whenever God has attempted to show Himself, and reveal His glory, it has proven to be too much for mortal men. He had to hide Moses in the cleft of the rock when He passed by so as not to kill him. When the tabernacle was completed, God filled the tent with His glory, but all that the people saw was a cloud. God had to hide His glory within a cloud.
This "raw" glory of God is seen to be too much for men to handle. In the bible, many men fell dead, or at least fell as dead when directly exposed to the glory of God. I suppose you could say that it's like staring directly at the sun. The naked eye cannot handle that much light at one time. However, if you place a shield or filter over the eyes, such as sunglasses, you can look into this great sphere of radiant light.
The Filter of God
God sent His own "Filter" into the world so that we might behold His glory. Since the raw glory of God was too much for us to behold directly, He sent His "shield" to us in human form so that we could see His glory.
"No man has ever seen the Father." But the man Jesus Christ has revealed Him. Through the humanity of Christ, we can behold the glory of the Father. The glory was contained within human flesh so that we could see and understand the Father. Christ took the Father and "broke Him down" into human terms so we could begin to comprehend Him.
The Prism of God
In Christ, the Father is communicating Himself through human flesh. You could say that the Lord's humanity was a kind of prism that the Father used to show forth His glory. The Father's glory is like the pure, white light. Contained within the white light are all the colors. The white light is too pure and bright for us to see any of the colors when we look directly upon it. But when we look through the prism, the white light is broken down and then displays the many colored aspects of the white light. The glory, wisdom, grace, truth, power, and love of the Father are all displayed through Christ. He displays the fullness of the Father. We can only see the many colors (aspects or attributes) of the Father because we are viewing them through the humanity of Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters, Christ has made the Father attainable to us! Now we won't fall dead if we look at Him. Now we can see His glory!
Not only that, but He also wants to display His glory through our humanity as well! His purpose is that through us, the Church, the many splendored God would be displayed. We are in the Prism of God and are thus one with Him. The glory is displayed through a many membered Body.
"The purpose is that through the church, the complicated, many-sided wisdom of God is all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects might now be made known to the angelic rulers and authorities in the heavenly sphere." Ephesians 3:10 (Amplified)
For related reading see the book: The Coat of Many Colors.