Thursday, August 9, 2012

Like Father, Like Son

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, 
and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth."
John 1:14 (KJV)

Do you ever wonder what God is really like?
Everyone has their own opinion and viewpoint of Almighty God.
But, who is He....really?

I am amazed at how much Zachary is like his Daddy.
They look alike.
They think alike.
They even write alike.
Sometimes, when I look at Zachary's penmanship,
it is hard to tell it isn't Kevin's handwriting.

Zach wants to be just like Kevin.
In so many ways, he is.
It is just automatic that Kevin's attributes are evident in his son.
The similarities come without effort.
God designed it to be that way.

If you meet Zachary,
you will more than likely come to know a part of Kevin,
without Zach even trying.

I love reading the Old Testament.
It encourages me to learn about how God manifested Himself to the patriarchs and prophets.
I so enjoy studying how He spoke to Abraham telling him to leave his country and follow Him,
how He led Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah, Ruth, and so many others, 
how He spoke to Samuel when he was just a little boy,
and how He sanctified Jeremiah when he was still in the womb of his mother.
There are literally hundreds of accounts in the Old Testament
that tell of God's personalized dealings with individual people
whose hearts and minds were open to Him and His will.

God faithfully led every one of them, and each of them came to know
God in an intimate way.

But, none of them ever had the privilege to see Him face to face,
to touch Him,
to share a meal with Him,
to walk with Him down a dusty road.
Moses came the closest to realizing this dream.
He had a deep, keen desire to know God.
He longed to see His glory manifested to him in a real, visible, tangible way.
He dared to ask God to show him His glory.
God's answer?
"Thou canst not see My face:  for there shall no man see Me, and live."

However, God granted Moses just a tiny part of his desire.
He hid him in the clift of a rock,
covered him with His hand,
and walked past him showing him only His back parts.
His face remained unseen....even by Moses.
(Exodus 33:12-23)

The only way God could communicate Himself fully and entirely to this world
was to actually come here....
in a physical, human form.

God had to become one of us....
to really convey the message.
To really reveal Himself.

He did so in the form of His only, begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus was God...
in the flesh.
He was the Word,
the human communication...
of God's mind,
His personality,
His character,
who He truly is.

The similarities were automatic.

Joseph raised Jesus, as his own son,
but, Joseph's blood did not flow through Jesus' veins.
Jesus had no characteristics of Joseph,
because Joseph was not His father.

There was no human contact between Joseph and Mary
that caused Mary to become expectant with child.
The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary 
and planted the seed of Jesus Christ in her womb.
God was Jesus' Father.
His life was flowing through Jesus' blood.

And just as surely as Zachary is a human embodiment of his Daddy 
and automatically epitomizes him
without even making an effort,
Jesus was the human communication of everything God is.

Even though the Old Testament prophets and people of God had a deep longing
to see Him, to know Him, to have a clear vision of who He is....
it did not happen in their lifetime.

In Luke 10:23, 24, Jesus told His disciples privately, 
"Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired 
to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; 
and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them."

Can you imagine walking alongside Jesus,
as He walked the earth...
in human form?
Knowing He was God.
Realizing that the One close enough to touch
was the One Who created the ground on which you and He were walking.

If we really want to KNOW God,
if we want a true, accurate depiction of
Who He really is...
all we have to do is read and study the
first four books of the New Testament.

For 33 1/2 years, God walked among men,
and men wrote about Him.
The things He did as He lived out everyday life,
painted a real-life portrait
of His very nature.
His likes and dislikes,
His passions and compassion,
His heart and soul...
it is all there...
recorded for you and I to read
and to come to a personal knowledge of Him
and who He really is.

What better way to communicate Himself...
than through Himself?

Jesus told Thomas,
"If ye had known me, ye should have known My Father also:
and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him."

We all have the great privilege of seeing Him....
really coming to a personal knowledge of Him...
just by studying His life on earth.

I am so glad I live in the dispensation of grace.
I am thankful I was born after Jesus was born....
after God Himself came and lived on earth.
And I am forever grateful that the Holy Spirit
moved upon the hearts of men to write down....
the things Jesus did....
the things He said...
His actions...
His reactions....
so that I can know God.

Most of all, my heart overflows with gratitude
that out of a cross and 3 nails,
He built a bridge....
between God and man.....
so that whoever kneels at this cross can cross the bridge
to His forgiveness,
to His love,
and to the gift of eternal life.

We no longer have to wonder what God is really like.

He is just like His Son.

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