DAY #17 JESUS IS THE EXACT REPRESENTATION OF GOD’S NATURE

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

»  Jesus helps us see the Father. What confusions do you have about the Father that Jesus might resolve?

»  Jesus is in the Father and you are in Jesus. What does this mean to you?

»  If you could ask Jesus one question today, what would it be? (Go ahead and ask Him)

»  Practice the memory verse.

QUOTE

“If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”

- Jesus Christ

SCRIPTURE

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being...”

- Hebrews 1:2-3

DEVOTIONAL

If we want to know what God is like, we need only to look at Jesus. Everything we read and understand about God through the Bible is most accurately read through the lens of Jesus. He is the ultimate revelation of God.

The key to understanding the Bible is Jesus. The key to understanding God’s character is Jesus. The key to getting our lives sorted out is Jesus. We do not need Jesus-and-angels. We do not need Jesus-and-Moses. We do not need Jesus-and-Mary. We do not need Jesus-and-a-priest. All we need is Jesus.

This is enormously helpful when we struggle to imagine how God feels about us, or how God might respond to our failures, or how God feels about this broken, sick, and depraved world of ours. When we seek to understand how God responds to messed up, fallen, and helpless people, we only need to watch how Jesus responds to them. The heart of Jesus toward the “least of these” is the exact representation of God’s heart toward me. And that heart always pursues redemption, restoration, and reconciliation.

The God of the Old Testament says, “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23) Likewise, Jesus said “there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7)

How will you find God? By looking at Jesus Christ, because He alone was God in human flesh. You don’t have to rely exclusively on your search for God because He has already searched for you!