God with Us

 

 

"If ye had known Me, ye would have known My Father also: from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him."  (John 14:7)

 

Have you ever stopped to really consider the significance of these words stated by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?  Jesus was speaking to His apostles who were asking Him to "…show us the Father…." (John 14:8)  Jesus Christ told them, in essence, that they HAD seen the Father because they had seen Jesus!

 

The Father and Son are one.  Jesus told this to His followers in John 10:30: "I and the Father are one."  They are one in the sense that they have the same purpose, which was to serve and redeem the lost of the world: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through Him.  I know Him; because I am from Him, and He sent Me.  I am He that beareth witness of Myself, and the Father that sent Me beareth witness of Me."  (John 3:16-17; John 7:29; John 8:18)

 

They are also one in their glory and willingness to share this glory with us: "And the glory which You have given Me I have given unto them; that they may be one, even as We are one; I in them, and You in Me, that they may be perfected into one; that the world may know that You did send Me, and loved them, even as You loved Me."  (John 17:22-23)

 

They are one in that Jesus Christ was with the Father eternally: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him; and without Him was not anything made that has been made.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yea and forever.  Truly, truly, I say unto you, before Abraham was born, I am."  (John 1:1-3; Hebrews 13:8; John 8:58)

 

Even though Jesus Christ was God, He willingly took on the form of a man to become Immanuel, God with us, the conduit through which we access the Father: "And they shall call His name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us.  Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross."  (Matthew 1:23; Philippians 2:5-8)

 

May God bless you!

 

David Ferguson