To See Jesus is to See God in Action
What a year it has been! Nothing like you would have imagined! WORLD-WIDE PANDEMIC, MAJOR ECONOMIC SHUT DOWNS ACROSS THE NATION, DEVESTATING HURRICANES, FIRES IN CALIFORNIA, AND THE LIST GOES ON. In fact, you may have said to yourself like I did this year, “What in the world is going on?”
JESUS IS COMING SOON! The signs are everywhere! Christmas has always been about celebrating Jesus’s birth and we should, but have you ever noticed what Jesus said to his disciples? He didn’t tell them to remember his birth but he did tell them to remember his death and resurrection.
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” – John 14:8-10
I think there are times in all our lives when we hear the words of Jesus and have the same collective thought, “What on earth is He talking about?” I don’t think we’re alone. I wonder what the disciples were thinking when they heard Jesus teach. Did they have that same thought, “Now exactly where is He going with this one?”
In John 14, Jesus makes this astounding claim, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” In reality, Jesus is saying something quite profound. “This God that you worship, who is far off, has come near. In fact, nearer than you would have ever imagined. If you want to know what He is like, then watch me.” In essence, Jesus was putting God on display.
If you want to know what God is like, watch Jesus. Do you want to see how God would love or show compassion? Then watch how Jesus does it. To see Jesus is to see God in action. In Jesus, the invisible God is made visible. I pray you all have a Merry Christmas and may the New Year 2021 look better than this one! At least I hope so!