“If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.“ John 14:9
Dan’s earthly father had been cold, distant, unloving and cruelly strict. Although through the years, Dan heard that his Heavenly Father was loving and had even mentally accepted that truth, when terminal illness struck and death inevitably loomed, he seemed afraid to “let go.”
The will to live is strong and physical death exists as the last symptom of Eden’s curse, but why do some face it with peace, even joy and anticipation? Because Dan had no earthly equivalent of a loving father, did God the Father seem “too big” for a personal relationship, too distant for Dan’s—and our—scarred minds to see and understand?
But Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” This Jesus whispered “Mary” to a guilt-stricken, broken-hearted woman. This Jesus invaded culture to touch a leper. This Jesus gathered ignored children to his side. This Jesus fell bloodied from whips and humiliated from curses. This Jesus—this God—is just the right size for our trust and love.
By Marilyn Ehle
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