Wednesday, March 29, 2017
JESUS: THE IMAGE OF GOD AND OF HUMANITY
In Jesus we see the best and clearest picture of what God is like. He is the exact representation of the Father, and the fullness of the Godhead lives in Him in bodily form. So, we know that if we have seen Him, we have seen the Father.
But at the very same time we also see something else in Jesus: We see ourselves.
Or, better yet, we see who we are made to be. Jesus is our example, our blue print, for how to live a Kingdom life He shows us how to love our enemies, how to bless those who curse us, how to forgive those who harm us, and most importantly He empowers us to live this way by coming to live and breathe inside of us.
“Anyone who claims to be in Him must walk as Jesus did.” – 1 John 2:6
That means we are not only called to be like Jesus, we are enabled to do so by daily leaning on Him and trusting in His presence.
“If anyone abides in me, I will abide in Him and he will bear much fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing.” – Jesus [John 15:5]
I love that Jesus reveals to us who God is, and who we are, at the same time. In Him we have the truest picture of the Father, and the truest example of humanity, all in one.
Maybe this is why Jesus shares His vision for a radical unity where He is in the Father, and the Father is in Him, and they are in us and we are in Him? Because, somehow, Jesus makes it possible for us to see the Father, and ourselves, as we gaze into His wonderful face and He empowers us to experience a transformative unity that makes all things gloriously new, in a way we never imagined possible.