What Do You See?
John 14:5-10. Summertime is often the time when families get away for a vacation. They go to places like Disneyland, or enjoy scenic places like the Grand Canyon. It’s always interesting to ask the children, “What do you see there?”
I have always wondered when Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father,” what was the first thought of those who were listening? In other words, what did they see? Because whatever they saw in Jesus was exactly what they thought God would be like. If one of them saw Jesus as a miracle worker, they would think of God as a miracle worker. If they saw Jesus as a teacher, then they may have opened their minds to what God could teach them. If they saw Jesus as a forgiving person, they would believe that God was truly forgiving. If they saw Jesus as sharing, they might have thought of the way God shares with us.
Actually, it may have been a little like the blind man and an elephant story. One blind man said, “An elephant must be like a rope,” because he felt the rope-like tail. Another thought the elephant must be rather like a tree, because he felt the big legs were like wrapping his arms around a tree trunk. It all depends on which part of Jesus each person sees. It is still that way for us. Our perception of what God is like is based on what we see in the character and each person of Jesus. That has an influence on how we pray and act. <ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>