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The Heart of the Father – Part 3

 

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

 

At the age of 17 my grandfather left the Netherlands alone, boarding a ship bound for the US. Arriving at Ellis Island in New York, he made his way to Grand Rapids, MI. The rest of his story is rather involved; so, I shall get to the point.

He began a business, the tools of which were a pitch fork, horse and buggy. Traversing the muddy roads required the concentrated efforts of the horse. So, my grandfather put blinders on the animal.


Beyond our field of vision there may be many details about the nature of God. The learned leaders of Jesus’ day focused on these. You carefully study the Scriptures. You think that they give you eternal life. These same Scriptures tell about me! But you refuse to come to me to have that life.” (John 5:39-40)  Get it? The scriptures have but one focus: Jesus, the Son of God. He alone is able to direct our path to the Father! “I myself am the road,” replied Jesus …. No one approaches the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Whatever we are to know about God, Jesus is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:13)

 

Pay close attention! No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God-Expression, who exists at the very heart of the Fatherhas made him plain as day.”  (John 1:17-19)  HEART: “one’s innermost character, feelings, or inclinations.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) When you view Jesus … all of his words and actions … , you are seeing the Father’s feelings about and inclinations towards humankind!

However, nothing, absolutely nothing, indicates the “innermost character” of the Father’s heart more than the Cross of Jesus! There, the Father’s heart for YOU is completely revealed! C. S. Lewis said: “When He died in the Wounded World He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”  (Quote Catalog) THAT MEANS YOU!

 

Consequently, unless and until the eyes of your heart clearly see the Cross, you will be unable to see the fullness of God in Christ. Hence,I implore you to “survey the wondrous cross!