St Paul makes this description of Jesus “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation”. It is really quite a profound statement. To stir Israel’s imagination of what God is like, the prophets used names like “Immanuel” and metaphors like “Branch”, “Root” to help them in their understanding of God. All the imagery used by the prophets is framed, shaped and clarified by the person, work and life of Jesus. We know Jesus, the one of whom the prophets longed for and saw from afar.