Colossians 1:19 "For it pleased Him that all the fullness should dwell in Him, to reconcile all things to Himself by Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross."
Way back when Adam and Eve disobeyed and opened the way for Satan to take dominion of this planet Jesus came to them and promised that He would send His Seed to crush the serpent and buy back humanity. The Bible says Jesus had the plan in place for our rescue before we were ever lost. He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. He made us free to choose and took the consequences and responsibility on Himself before He ever made us.
The plan involved Jesus becoming us in every way while maintaining the full character of Himself - the all loving God of the universe. Since the expulsion of Adam and Eve from God's direct presence His character remained a mystery to humanity. Still today much confusion and error exists about who God is and what He is like.
Many Christians believe Jesus came just to die and fulfill a legal obligation. He certainly did that but He did much more than that. Our verse today says all the fulness of God was in Jesus the human. In John 14 one of Jesus' disciples asked if they could see God. Jesus' response was clear: "Philip have I been so long with you and you have not known Me? If you have seen Me you have seen God."
The confusion over what God is like is erased when we study the life of Jesus. His purpose in coming here could have been fulfilled in a day if it was just to die. No Jesus came for much more. He came to erase the demonic picture of God Satan had been drawing for thousands of years. Sadly this picture still exists for many because we are followers of religion rather than followers of Jesus. Even those who claim no belief in God still have a view of Him painted by the religion of their childhood or by the religious culture and ideas around them.
Never forget that Jesus' greatness enemies and those who plotted His death were those who controlled religion, those who were defining God for the masses. Religion then as now was used to advance the personal gain of those in charge.
Just yesterday I was speaking to a good friend who has for the time being chosen to believe there is no God. In the course of our conversation she said she could never be comfortable or happy in heaven if there is such a place while others were being tortured in agony for eternity. This was the picture of God she was raised with. It is a credit to her that she rejected such a god for he does not exist. Understandably she assumed I as a Christian pastor was believing in and promoting this monster like, bloodthirsty god.
I am not because I am not a follower of religion. I have one aim in my life: to follow Jesus. I aim to know Him better each day by studying His life, learning His character, and little by little reflecting more of His love.
All the fulness of who God is was lived out in the human life of the carpenter from Nazareth. Religion rejected him and killed him but many saw God in Him then and see God in Him now. Look and begin to truly live.