Some time ago I was thinking on the relationship between Jesus and the Father. Then I began to think about how as Christians we often times separate God the Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit as if they differing personalities or their hearts are different from one another.
It’s as if somehow we divorce the three from one another about being in complete agreement as to how they see us, love us and what they want for us.
I think Christians many times see Father as the authoritarian and judge and Jesus as the kind and gentle savior and Holy Spirit as some servant to them both that just runs errands on our behalf.
The truth is they are ALL equally God and they all in fact have the same desires and heart towards us. A heart filled with love and great and amazing things they want to bring about in our lives.
I began to think about what Jesus said when he told the disciples:
John 14:7-12 (AMPC)
7 If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him.
8 Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father—that is all we ask]; then we shall be satisfied.
9 Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father?
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the (His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power).
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father’s name convince you.]
Then the thought hit “Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression of God the Father’s love for us and Jesus Christ is the expressed image of God the Father.” The two cannot be separated and their heart for us is not one that conflicted, they are in complete agreement about how they see us, love us and want only good for us.
Love can be expressed in many ways. For musicians it might be an arrangement, for a poet it may be a sonnet, for an artist perhaps a painting or sculpture, for another person perhaps it is doing something for someone else or giving of their time, money or resources.
With God, Jesus is the expression of His love for us. God so loved us and desired a restored family that He asked Jesus to go redeem us. Jesus Himself, put aside His divinity to become as we are in order to walk among us, teach us, love us and redeem us.
At first thought I think many people brush this aside thinking “yeah but He is God” but, I want you to notice that the depth of this action and expression alone is but one small reflection of the love and character of God.
Jesus is so humble that He took upon Himself the form of man (His creation) in order that He might suffer and redeem us. God took upon Himself, what His holiness and righteousness demanded for justice. But that is not all, He took the form of man in order to be close to us to walk among us and to teach us and enable us to be like God and to have the exact same kind of connection and relationship with the Father that He (Jesus) had.
Jesus came to Earth so that He could be as we are as a man and ultimately yielded what God has wanted to reinstate; that WE could become like Him.
So when we behold Jesus, we see the Father, when we obey the teachings of Jesus we walk in the will of the Father, when we receive and love Jesus, we receive the love and blessing of the Father.
Jesus Christ is the corporal and living express of God’s love and emotion towards us His Children. Jesus Christ and what He taught stood for and fully represents the emotions and heart of God towards us. One that burns with love for us, cares for us, is interested in every part of us, is full of goodness, empathy and restoration for us.
This is the God we serve. This is the true reflection of what His heart feels for us.