Wednesday: 15th May, 2019
Reference text: John 12:44-50
John 12:45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
When a biological parent and their child stand side by side, one can always expect a great degree of physical resemblance. This makes the statement: ‘You really are your parents’ child’, an affirmation of what is already known, rather than one to trigger a surprised reaction.
However, at the point of identification, when a parent is unknown by their appearance but their actions, then we begin to look past appearances – we start looking inside. We look for similarities in attitudes, habits, choices – things that one has make effort to identify. But we ought to also bear in mind that what can be found, has to be present.
Therefore, when Jesus said ‘whoever sees me, sees the one who sent me’; he was saying “my life is a reflection of the one on whose behalf I am here”. Saint Paul couldn’t have been more accurate with his own rendition: ‘the son is the exact image of the invisible God'(Col 1:15). The very statement Jesus affirms today.
My dear, it takes courage and certainty to make such proclamations, yet Jesus did not hesitate in his pronouncement.
He was confident that God’s life radiated through his being for all to see. Can we make the same confession? Or do the people around us even question what we stand for and believe? Are we really radiating the life of Christ or are we living a life that leaves others in two minds about us?