Sometimes we think of God the Father and Jesus the Son as two very different characters.
On the one hand, there’s God the Father: the just judge, the powerful authority figure, the fearsome and almighty Creator who condemns people to hell. He’s powerful, He’s angry, He’s dangerous.
On the other hand, there’s Jesus: the gentle Savior who came to rescue us from His angry dad. Unlike His heavenly Father, Jesus is kind, loving, and merciful.
That’s what the Bible says, right?
Not at all!
In fact, the Bible is very clear: Jesus and God the Father are not two radically different characters. It’s not like our Heavenly Father is a cruel villain while Jesus is a compassionate hero. No, here’s the reality:
God the Father and Jesus share the same nature.
Through Jesus, we see what God is like.
Check out these verses that illustrate this:
“Jesus said to [Philip], “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” | John 14:9
“[Christ] is the image of the invisible God…” | Colossians 1:15
“[Christ] is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…” | Hebrews 1:3
Isn’t that an encouraging thought, that Christ’s nature was an exact imprint of God’s nature, that Jesus is a picture of what God is like?
I don’t fully understand the inner-workings of God or how He exists in three persons, but I’m so encouraged to think about the goodness of God, as demonstrated through Christ.
“Oh, how abundant is your goodness…” | Psalm 31:19
So next time you read about what Jesus did, the things that He taught, and the character qualities He displayed (compassion, patience, kindness, etc.), realize that you are getting a sneak peek into the goodness of God.
Truly, God is good.
How He must love it when we recognize that.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good!” | Psalm 34:8