We are on our third message in the God With Us series. Today we are going to look at Jesus coming to reveal the Father to us. Every believer needs to understand Who the Father is and how much the Father loves us.
I. Jesus reveals the Father to us
Colossians 1:15: Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
John 1:18: No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
No one has ever seen God, but we have a clear picture Who Jesus is through the Word.
Revelations 1:13-16: And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
This is John’s physical description of Jesus. We see the Father through the character and love of Jesus.
Hebrews 1:1-4: Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.
The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God.
Many non believers view God as an angry judge rather than a loving Father. If you have only read stories in the Old Testament then you can see why they might think that. You may look at Jesus in the New Testament and think that’s a better picture of love. When we understand Jesus came to reveal the Father to us, we know that when we look at Jesus we are looking at the Father.
John 14:1-14: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14 Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!
The Father is not going after the select few. He wants everyone to be with Him in heaven. He assures us that there are many rooms in His house and He is preparing a room for us.
Jesus declares that He is the way to the Father. He also gets into this interesting dialogue with the disciples about He and the Father being one.
Jesus says if you have seen me, then you have seen the Father. This is the reason why. I do only what the Father tells me to do. I speak on what He tells me to speak. The work that Jesus had done speaks for itself.
He also tells them that they to will do these works, even greater works, so that we too can bring glory to the Father!
II. Invitation to come to the Father
Matthew 11:25-30: At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way! “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Jesus again shows that He is the one who reveals the Father to us. We pursue and grow in our relationship with Jesus. He brings us to the Father and the Father pours out His love and goodness on us.
John 17:25: “O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”
Jesus reveals the Father to us so that the Father’s love will grow in us. We will never be able to do what the Father has called us to do without His love in our hearts. We will not be motivated to do His will and it will be more about us than about Him.
1 John 3:1-3: See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
We have the great privilege to be called children to our Heavenly Father and to be His heirs. We have the promise that we will be like Him and that we will see Him for who He really is!
Psalm 67:1-2: May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us. May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.
I would like to ask that Jesus would reveal the Father to us in a new way today. May we have a deeper understanding of who He is and how much He loves us. When we grow in our relationship with the Father and understand how much He loves loves us, we will truly be able to accomplish all that He has called us to do. And by doing the things that He has called us to do, we will bring glory and honor to Him. Jesus made all this possible by coming to earth and giving His life for us!