December 11, 2013

Revealing the Father

John 14:5-12

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact represen-tation of his being.
—Hebrews 1:3


Sometimes we say about a boy or a young man, “He is just like his father.” This might mean the son looks similar to his dad, or it can mean the son reminds us of the way his father acts, what he says, how he thinks, and so on.

What is God the Father like? The Son, Jesus Christ, “is the exact representation of his being.” Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” When Jesus came into this world as a human baby born of a virgin, he was called Immanuel, meaning “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

So if you want to know more about God or want to become more godly in your character, look to Jesus and be like him.

Jesus not only shapes our character but also defines how we are to live godly lives. We sometimes say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In Jesus, God placed his heart and thoughts on public display. In Jesus, we see God’s words and deeds, character and attitudes lived out in the joys, sorrows, and difficult moments of life.

How should I respond to betrayal, loss, temptation, and suffer-ing? What should my attitude be toward my neighbors, friends, and enemies? How can we know our heavenly Father’s will in real life situations? Look to and be like Jesus.

Lord Jesus, thank you for revealing your Father truly in your words and deeds. Help us to be more like you (and our Father) every day in all that we do and say. In your name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Calvin Aardsma

Calvin Aardsma has been a pastor for more than thirty years. He has served churches in Indiana, Oregon, and the Chicago area. Currently, he is a pastor of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lansing, Illinois. He also serves on the board of the Ugandan Orphanage Relief Fund. Cal and his wife, Sandy, have four children and five grandchildren.

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