Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Made In His Image

Bobservations Column
By Pastor Bob Lawrenz

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeing thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God creaded man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."  Genesis 1:26-27

We read and studied not long ago in John 14:10-11, that the things which Jesus spoke were the words of the Father. We learned that the works that he did were the works of the Father. We can assume no less that the places where Jesus traveled were the places to which the Father led Him. This was an extension of the teaching from John 10:30 that says, "I and my Father are one."
One Purpose, One Heart, One Being, One Relationship. That Jesus was able to speak and do all that He did "from the Father" is more than indicative of the relationship He enjoys with the Father. There is an abiding and meaningful depth to their relationship. They are united in all that They and the Holy Spirit do. The three are One in all things.

Similarly, when another person tells us they love us, there is a heart attachment that is made, and a sense of relationship begins, followed by a sense of belonging and unity. Yet when we read of Jesus' love for us in the Bible, it is far too easy to skim over it and miss the depth of the words and of the relationship.

We take His love for us as a stated "fact" and file it away as with other tidbits of knowledge that we have, and then sadly get on with our day.

Did you ever wonder why so many of our days don't go well? We are missing that oneness of heart, purpose, and Being. We separate ourselves from the supremacy of God and go about working on our own agendas. Oh my! We've got things backwards! When so many around us tell us to follow our heart, reconsider following His instead.

Jesus prayed that WE might be one with Him as He is one with the Father. Don't let your plans obstruct His objective for you.

John 17:20-26: (read it slowly; grasp it's depth, take us all deeper, Lord)

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

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