If You Have Seen Me You Have Seen The Father
“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” John 14:9
The question of weather God exist and if He does, what does He look like, is still being debated among the intellectual elites and secular and religious scholars. But, ask the question of a child who has been brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord or the centenarian who has lived her life knowing that Jesus is Lord and that He is the Son of God; or the young man or woman that trusts the truth of the Word of God believing that what He has said of Himself is true, you will get the same answer.
Nothing cosmic or ethereal, nothing mystical or magical, but a spiritual and supernatural reality, that is at one and the same time simple and profound. Jesus and God the Father are One in image, appearance and Spirit, One in likeness, power, authority, majesty and glory.
It is a mystery for sure. But, it is one that we cancomprehend by the power of the Holy Spirit. The disciples, like all natural humankind, struggled with the idea that God could be contained or even expressed in human form. And yet, this is the Word of God from the beginning that every man and woman is created in the image and likeness of God.
God has hands and feet, eyes, ears, a nose, a mouth, a heart a head, arms and legs like everyone created in His image. We can see the expressed image of God in Jesus; not only in His physical appearance, but even more in His words, His deeds and His manner of life.
He was humble.This is not necessarily the first attribute we would assign to the Creator of all creation. Surely the very magnitude of creation demands a Creator who is anything but humble. But we would be wrong. That is our human fallen man way of thinking, not God’s.
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8
He was compassionate.The existence of the Solar System with its stars and planets some of which dwarf the earth and the sun, the vastness of the seas teaming with life (that have still not been fuller explored) none of these whisper or shout, Compassionate Creator. The magnificent grandness of it all speaks of One far too engaged in the matter and material of space than concerned for the status of a what amounts to a “flea.” But that too would be fallen man’s perspective. Not so with God.
"And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick." Matthew 14:14
"So Jesus had compassion
on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him." Matthew 20:34
He had authority over the forces of Nature.
“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39
He had dominion over all creation.
“For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.”Mark 5:8
He loved the world, both the righteous and the unrighteous
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Jesus is all these things and so much more, and these things are the ways of God.
The world may spend its energies discoursing and speculating on conjectures and vain imaginations about the reality or unreality of God or just denying Him altogether. But, we who have received His grace, and have been made partakers of His salvation are confident that He is, and that Jesus Christ is the fullest expression of His life, love, grace, mercy and power to us now and for all eternity.
We are His people and He is our God. And there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved. Salvation is in Jesus Christ and Him alone. He is God and He is Lord. Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord with the Father and the Holy Spirit are One. By Him we are made the righteousness of God through faith in His name.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24
Do you want to see God? Look at Jesus.