Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This morning we seek to understand why Jesus is the revelation of the Father.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
Jesus: The Revelation of the Heavenly Father
"Phillip saith unto him, Lord show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Phillip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father: and how sayest thou then, show us the Father?" John, Chapter 14, Verses 8 and 9.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast we show why Jesus is the revelation of the heavenly Father. In various times, man has conceived of God as a creator, a God of battle; God of the nation, but never God of the individual. The protest of Job was that God made him walk in ways which God did not himself walk, He lamented that “ Man that is born of woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.”
God knows the way that man take, but this knowledge was intrinsic in the very nature of God. God knows all things, but this is not knowledge that is derived from experience. “ Job longed for a human God, that he hungered to commune with a divine Being who knows man's mortal estate and understands that the just must often suffer in innocence as a part of this first life of the long Paradise ascent? Wherefore has the Son of Man come forth from the Father to live such a life in the flesh that he will be able to comfort and succor all those who must henceforth be called upon to endure the afflictions of Job. We still may not fully understand why we have to live this difficult life in the first place, but we can not complain that God makes us walk in places where he does not walk himself. And this truth in and of itself is a great comfort.
When we speak of God as God, than we must realize that God is more than personal, God is also force, energy and spirit. All things that exists come forth from God, thus some mechanism must exists that allows God to be revealed to mankind minus all of these non personal and superpersonal attributes. In order for God to relate to us in a personal way, he separates his purely personal self from his non personal and superpersonal self. And this personal reality is his Son. The Father is living love, and Jesus is the personal revelation of this living love.
As we observe the life of Jesus, we see God in human form. We see God living the life that he imposes on his creatures. But we see something else as well. We see the revelation of this living love in Jesus as he interacts with his human brothers and sisters. He was full of grace and mercy. His parables of “The Lost Sheep, The Prodical Son, and The Lost Coin show the great love and mercy that the heavenly Father has for his mortal children.
As a person, we worship the heavenly Father, but in our personal interactions, we commune with the Son. The Son contains all of the personal attributes of God. In fact, He is God the Son, the personal revelation of the Father. No one comes to the Father except through the Son. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of Truth, now surrounds our souls constantly revealing the Father to and through us. Every unselfish loving act is a revelation of the heavenly Father. As Jesus said, “whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little one a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, (that is loving one another as Jesus love us) verily I say unto you, he shall in now way lose his reward.”
When we behold the Son, we behold the moral character and spiritual nature of the Father. When we worship, we comprehend the personality of the Father. We must not think of the Father as having body, for the Father is a spirit. But even though he does not have a body, he is a person, admittedly an infinite, eternal and absolute person. And we can commune with him. Let us consider this analogy: As human beings we communicate with each other over the telephone. We are aware that we are talking with another person without seeing a body. And though we know the person has a body, that is not the thing that consists of the communication. We can transmit, words, meanings and feelings through the telephone, and can have very effective communications.
Just as we communicate with other human beings over the telephone, and recognize their personality without seeing a body, we can also communicate with the Father through his Son without seeing a body. The Father is a spirit person; we are material persons. Because of this differential, the material person can not communicate directly with the spirit person. “ Flesh can not see God.” But there is a part of us that can communicate directly with God, and that is our souls. Our souls are able to understand the symbols that are used in communication with the spirit Father. But we must have some mechanism that bridges this gap for our conscious selves. And the mechanism that bridges this gap is our living faith. This living faith has been given to us by the Father so that we can communicate with him, and know him.
This living faith works this way: As our material minds express our desires and thoughts and urges to the Father, this faith acts like a translator, it translates these expressions and thoughts into values, the currency of spirit communication. We receive values from the heavenly Father in exchange for these humanly derived values. These are the values of truth, beauty, and goodness. This is a very effective process because our humanly derived values are transformed into the values of the heavenly Father, resulting in our growth into the image of his Son. And as we continue this process of communication, we take on more and more of the “Image of His Son.” and all this process is possible because God took on the form of human being just like you and I. Inherent in this process, is that we can become Godlike, because God became human like. We can become perfect even as the heavenly Father is perfect as demonstrated by his Son, Jesus when he lived the life in the flesh.
This concludes today’s message on understanding why Jesus is the revelation of the Heavenly Father We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr James Perry.