The Children of God


                “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him, and have seen Him” (John 14: 7.)


                Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.  He is God in human form; he was born of a virgin and walked among men. As God’s only son, he directly reflects the mannerisms and characteristics of His eternal Father.  He performed works that only God could accomplish; he forgave sins; he healed the sick; he even raised the dead.  Those who desire to see God need only look to Jesus Christ.

                Whenever I fly home for Christmas, I spend a significant amount of time with my nieces and nephews.  The resemblance between my dad as a child, and my nephew Seth is astonishing; they look like twins. When I hear my nephew Austin speak, I can hear my sister’s voice in his every word. To some degree or another, children are a reflection of their parents. Physical characteristics and mannerisms are passed down from one generation to the next. Jesus Christ, being God’s son, is not only similar to his Father, he is an exact reflection of Him. When Jesus turned a tiny meal in to enough food to feed five thousand, we saw that God is capable of creating something from nothing. When he calmed the storm, we learned that God controls nature itself. When he displayed compassion, we discovered that the Father is merciful. Because Jesus lived a sinless life, we now understand that God is sinless.

                Today, those who wish to see God, need only look to His Son; Jesus Christ. Although Jesus is currently seated in heaven, at God’s right hand, his body remains on this earth. The church is his body. Those who have received the gospel message are the sons and daughters of God. We, as believers, are called to continue Christ’s work in this place. Our fellows should see the Father in us all. We must be generous; loving; compassionate; pure; and perfect; “Even as our heavenly Father is perfect.” May we submit to the will of God and accomplish His works; that through us, He might receive glory and honor.

                “Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your son. He has already taught us more than we had ever hoped. We too, desire to be Your sons and daughters. Strengthen us by the power of Your Holy Spirit; that we might accomplish Your works in this place. May our lives be a reflection of Your goodness. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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