LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

© 2004 by Jerry L. Croasmun

Read -- John 14:6-31

"If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him."
-- John 14:7 (NIV)

My brother Gary likes to joke and see people's reactions when they compliment him on how cute his children are. His usual reply is, "I know. They look just like me." All joking aside, there is a striking resemblance between Gary's baby pictures and those of his son Gary. Yes, I may be a biased uncle, but I have to agree with my brother by saying, "They all are just plumb cute."

In verse 8, of the fourteenth chapter of the Gospel of John, Philip asks Jesus to show him and the other disciples the Father. In John 14:9-10 we read Jesus' response, "Jesus answered: Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The words I say to you are not just My own. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, who is doing His work."

In verse 9, Jesus said, "Anyone who has seen Me [Jesus] has seen the Father [God]." Jesus also said in verse 7, "If you really knew Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him." Unlike the striking resemblance in Gary's baby pictures with those of his son, Gary, Jesus is not saying, "Look at Me. I look like My Father." Rather, Jesus is making a very bold and radical statement here. He is claiming to be God, the Father. The fourteenth chapter of John describes the relationship Jesus has with His Heavenly Father and likewise what our relationship to God should be through the promised Counselor--the Spirit of truth.

Christians today need to once again embrace and stand upon the fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ. Many including, some professing Christians, have been seduced into believing, "all roads lead to heaven" or that there is "truth in all religions." Satan, the prince of this world, would love for us to buy into these lies. Jesus on the other hand said in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." Jesus is the only way.

Although my family may marvel at the close resemblance between my brother's and my nephew's pictures, they indeed are pictures of two separate and different individuals taken nearly thirty years apart. Many today; however, have an unclear and inaccurate picture of Jesus. They are easily tricked into believing He is someone else. The Bible though is clear on His identity. In Colossians 1:19-20 we read, "For God was pleased to have His fullness dwell in Him [Jesus], and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross."

In John 14:9 we read once again, "Anyone who has seen Me [Jesus] has seen the Father [God]." To see God clearly our focus must be on Jesus. "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation."--Colossians 1:15. May God richly bless you as you seek Jesus who boldly declared in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."

JESUS--THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER.

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(NIV) Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION.
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