While visiting their grandpa, the grand-kids looked down at the faded photograph, then up at their dad, then over at their grandpa, then back at dad, then back at grandpa. Their eyes were as wide as the proverbial saucers. “you look just like Papa when he was young!” The father and son grinned because this was something they had known for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that his children came to the same realisation. While the father and the son are different people, in a very real sense to see their dad is to see their grandpa as a younger man: tall, lanky frame; full head of dark hair; prominent nose; and rather large ears. While he was not his father, he was most definitely my father’s son.
A follower of Jesus named Philip once asked, “Lord, show us the Father” (John 14:8). And while it wasn’t the first time Jesus had indicated as much, His response was still cause for pause: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (v. 9). Unlike the physical resemblances between my father and me, what Jesus says here is revolutionary: “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?” (v. 10). His very essence and character were the same as His Father’s.
In that moment Jesus was being straightforward with His beloved disciples and us: If you want to know what God is like, look at Me.
the challenge of going deeper is to ask him where do you need to look more like Jesus, where is God challenging me to be more like him so that when people see me, they see Jesus.