Fragrance of Worship – 9/23/2018

 

 

 

Behold the Father’s heart Behold His holy Son Then sings my soul Behold I have a Friend
The mystery He lavishes on us The Lion and the Lamb given to us Then sings my soul The Spirit breathing holy fire within
As deep cries out to deep The Word became man How great Your love is My ever present help
Oh, how desperately He wants us That my soul should know its Savior How great Your love is Speaking truth when I can’t find it
The things of earth stand next to Him Forsaken for the sake of all mankind Then sings my soul Light up this broken heart and light my way
Like a candle to the sun Salvation is in His blood Then sings my soul ‘Til my time on earth is done
Unfailing Father Jesus the Messiah How great Your love is Oh, Holy Spirit
What compares to His great love The righteous died for love How great Your love is Breathe in me like Kingdom come
It wasn’t over Then sings my soul Oh, Holy Spirit
For He is the risen One Let your work in me be done

 

The Father’s Heart – 3

 

The Son reflects God’s bright glory
and is STAMPED with God’s own character.”
Hebrews 1:30

Want to know God? You need look no further than Jesus. “The Son is exactly like God.”

E. Stanley Jones said: “Jesus makes known the character of God.” (See Part 1) The greek word (the Gospel’s original language) for “character” means an engraving in stone. Remember Mt Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota? It took engravers 14 years to sculpt the granite into the images of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Hebrews 1:3 exactly captures the greek idea. “The Son reflects God’s bright glory and is STAMPED with God’s own character.” Looking at the stamped image of God’s character,  what does Jesus reveal?

Undoubtedly, you have seen an old fashioned wagon wheel. All of the spokes are rooted in and radiate from the central hub. Jesus is the central hub of knowing God. “I myself am the road,” replied Jesus …. No one approaches the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) You may have been taught and thought many things about God. However, any teaching / doctrine / thought that is not grounded in Jesus is like a hub-less wheel … grossly misaligned, distorted and hence, erroneous.

The central truth that Jesus, the hub, reveals about God is this: He is FATHER! “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!” Hence, when teaching the disciples to pray, Jesus began:Our Father.…” Furthermore, the creed that unites all Christian churches begins: “I believe in God the Father...”

For this reason I have entitled this series The Father’s Heart!

 

The Father’s Heart – 2

 

 

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we saw His glory, the glory as the only Son of the Father.
John 1:1-2,14

 

One can know a person on three levels. First, you can read about a person. Such knowledge is extremely superficial. Second, you can meet a person … seeing her body, hearing her words and observing her actions. Better than a book, such observation is still limited. Finally, the person may reveal … little by little … the thoughts of her mind as well the movements of her heart. This is what’s called REVELATIONIt’s completely dependent on the choice of the person to “let you in.” Obviously, revelation happens only by way of communication.

The Gospel of John doesn’t have a Christmas story like Matthew and Luke. However, from a different perspective John informs us as regards the meaning of Christmas. THE WORD became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” So we sing, WORD of the Father, now in flesh appearing. At Christmas, the Word of the Father arrived to communicate His heart for YOUIn his letter John expanded the meaning of the event. “From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes.  (1 John 1:1-2)

 

 

“What’s the word, man?” Have you ever spoken or heard this slang phrase?

Well, ask God and He’ll answer: Jesus, He’s THE WORD!

The Father’s Heart – 1

 

No one can see God, but the Son is exactly like God.
God was pleased for all of himself to live in the Son.
Colossians 1:15-20

The Son is a perfect copy of God’s nature.
Hebrews 1:3

 

 


At some point every person asks this question.
Here’s the answer

 

 

Jesus is the “perfect copy of God.” He’s exactly like God. Everything about God comes to full expression in the person and work of Jesus. Let this percolate in your heart and mind!

E. Stanley Jones, lifelong missionary to India and prolific author, said this about the revelation of God in Jesus. “Jesus said if you want to know what God is like look at me. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.”  (John 14:6) We see the Father in the face of Jesus. God is like Jesus in character. Transfer every characteristic of Jesus to God. Jesus is the last word that can be said about God.”

The telescope was invented to see that which couldn’t be seen by the human eye alone. The most famous example today is the Hubble telescope. Check this out. “The Hubble Space Telescope’s eXtreme Deep Field image allows scientists to see galaxies more than 13 billion light years away.” (Time, Science)  A light year is 5,878,625,373,183.607731 miles. Now, if you dare, multiply that number by 13,000,000,000. By contrast, “The farthest distance a human eye can detect a flame is 1.6 miles. (How Far Can the Human Eye See?)

So, what’s the point? Before Hubble what telescopes saw was like a grain of sand on the shores of Lake MichiganAnd now, we’re being told that Hubble has merely scratched the surface of what’s there. David wrote: God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.” (Psalm 19:1-2) This is the observation of a shepherd on a mountain side at night. Think about all that was UNKNOWABLE to David!

Jesus said: “The only one who has seen the Father is the one who has come from him. No one else has ever seen the Father.” (John 6:46) ) “Certainly, God is so great that he is beyond our understanding.” (Job 36:26)  Without the telescope of Jesus we are completely in “the dark” about God. He makes the UNknow-able … knowable. He reveals the Father’s Heart!

So, to see God one must get connected to Jesus, the telescope. Have you made the connection? (cf. Connection to Jesus)