How often have we heard things like, “He’s a chip off the block!”, or, “The apple did not fall far from the tree!” or even, “He’s just like his old man!” It is common for children to share many characteristics with their parents. And it is not just physical appearance we are talking about. How often do you see young boys walk just like their dads? In many ways, people bring their parents to life.
One of the reasons that Jesus took on human form was to show us what His Father was like. On the night He was betrayed, Jesus was surprised that Philip asked Him what God was like. He responded saying, “Philip, how can you have been with Me all this time, (about three years), and still you say show me the Father? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father…” John 14:9a
The Gospels not only tell us what Jesus is like but because Jesus is His Father’s Son, the Gospels reveal so much of the nature of God. That is why it is so important to regularly read and study the Gospels and indeed all the Bible.
As we study the Scriptures we see so much of the Father’s heart being revealed. Jesus loved His Father’s House. Luke tells us that when He was twelve, his family was traveling home from Jerusalem and realized he was not with their company. Backtracking they found Him in the Temple talking with the teachers, all who were listening were amazed at His understanding. Later seeing money changers and merchants using the people’s court for their business, He was angry and zealous for the people.
Being of God, Jesus had the wisdom of the Creator of the Universe. So it was pointless trying to trip Him up with trick questions. Jesus was always two steps ahead of His detractors. He not only knew the answers, but He also knew people’s hearts. So why is it that people try to manipulate God. It is never going to work. Our Father in Heaven knows your heart.
Jesus was often filled with compassion. He was often saddened to see people being victimized. In John 8, we read of a woman caught in adultery. They bought her to Jesus to try and trip Him up. What is interesting is that it takes two people to commit adultery, yet they only bought one before Jesus. Jesus bent down and wrote with His finger on the pavement on which they were standing. Was He simply writing in the dust on those cobblestones, or was He writing into the stones? We are not told that or what it was that He wrote. What He did write shook the accusers of the woman. Was it the Law etched into stone, or was it the names of their mistresses written in the dust? I have no answer.
Yet in seeing Jesus write, they quickly dispersed. Jesus asked her who was left to accuse her. Seeing them all gone, He dismissed her with a warning to sin no more.
As we listen to the words of Jesus and contemplate His actions, we begin to see what God is really like.
Can you see a God in Heaven, who so loves you He would send His Son to be your savior? Can you see a God in Heaven who cares even for the sparrows and so loves you incredibly? Can you see a God in Heaven that wants us not to sin, because sins against God hurt other people, whom God also loves?
If you really want to know God, get to know Jesus.