(Jesus Is The Express Image Of God)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”?”
(John 14:8-9 NIV)
The Bible says in Jesus dwells the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form (Colossians 2:9), meaning anyone who wants to know what God looks like should look at Jesus. No wonder Jesus said to Philip, “…Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father….” Jesus is the express image of the Father’s Person. Some believe that, in heaven, there’re three thrones: one for the Father, one for the Son, Jesus, and then another for the Holy Spirit; but that’s not true.
The Father joyfully appointed Jesus as the heir of all things, including His throne. Thus in heaven, there’s only one throne, and Jesus is the one sitting on that throne. Where then is the Father? He’s in Jesus! The Bible says it pleased the Father, that in Him (Jesus) should all fullness dwell (Colossians 1:19). Then Colossians 2:9 lets us know that in Him (Jesus) dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily. If you’ve seen Jesus, you’ve seen the Father.
No wonder when He said in John 10:30 NIV, “I and the Father are one,” the Jews picked up stones and wanted to kill Him; why? They said He made Himself equal with God: “ “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied,“but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God”” (John 10:33 NIV). The Jews considered His words blasphemous because they didn’t know who He was, but Jesus is the perfect image and icon of the Godhead! He’s the expression of God’s glory, and by inheritance, He obtained a more excellent Name in all of heaven and earth. Philippians 2:9-11 NIV declares, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” He’s the King of kings and Lord of lords. Hallelujah!
Go Deeper: Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 2:9
Speak: Dear Lord Jesus, I ascribe to you all glory, honour and majesty. You’re the joy of heaven and the bright morning star! You’re the beauty of divinity and the perfect expression of the Father’s person. I worship and adore you, precious Saviour, for there’s none like you! May your kingdom reign on the earth, and be established forever in the hearts of all men. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading ONE YEAR Matthew 12:1-21, Genesis 38-39
TWO YEAR Acts 9:32-43, Job 3-4
Act: Read and meditate on the words of Jesus in John 14:1-11.