Devotion

Like Father, Like Son

by Greg Laurie on Jun 22, 2020
Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, “Show us the Father”?’
—John 14:9
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If you want to know what God the Father is like, just look at Jesus because Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9 NKJV).

So, what was Jesus like? Well, Jesus was approachable. Little children were drawn to Him, and He blessed them.

At the grave of His friend Lazarus, He wept. Tears streamed down his face. And in the Upper Room He got down on His hands and knees and washed the disciples’ feet, including the feet of Judas, who would betray Him.

Look at the picture Jesus gave us of the Father in the story of the prodigal son. God the Father is presented as a Dad who misses his wayward son and longs for his return. And when the boy makes his way back home, his father can’t wait to see him. He runs to his son and throws his arms around him, showing him deep affection.

This is our Father in Heaven, our Father who will always be there, our Father who listens, and our Father who loves us.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Yes, but the problem is that He’s in Heaven. And Heaven is so far away! I need someone here on earth.”

Well, to begin with, God is omnipresent, which means He’s present everywhere. And is Heaven really that far away? You might think, “Okay, there’s the sky, and then there is the solar system. And Heaven is just so, so far away.”

Maybe in a sense that’s true. But in another sense, Heaven is closer than you realize. Heaven is another dimension. It’s a supernatural realm.

It’s nothing for the Father in Heaven to be able to step into your world. He’s here. And He’s deeply involved and deeply concerned about what you’re facing right now. If it concerns you, it concerns Him.

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