I was thrilled by the large statue of Jesus that was evident during the recent Olympics.

Max Lucado writes this concerning that statue in Brazil.

“The Christ the Redeemer statue. The figure stands guard over the city, one hundred and twenty-five feet tall with an arm span of nearly a hundred feet. More than a thousand tons of reinforced steel. The head alone measures ten feet from chin to scalp. Perched a mile and a half above sea level on Corcovado Mountain, the elevated Jesus is always visible. Especially to those who are looking for it. Since I was often lost, I was often looking. As a sailor seeks land, I searched for the statue, peering between the phone lines and rooftops for the familiar Face. Find Him and find my bearings.”

That is exactly what God wants us to do, see Jesus. He shows us Himself in His Son.  Jesus said, “When you have seen Me, you have seen the Father, for the Father and I are one.” The Bible is all about God in Jesus. The Old Testament is the anticipation of the coming Messiah, Jesus. The Gospels, first four books of the New Testament, is the realization that this Messiah, Jesus, has come.

The 14th chapter of the Gospel of John is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. The disciples are confused concerning Jesus talk about leaving them. They just didn’t get it that He was going back to the Father, God, and they would follow. But, Thomas is honest enough to ask, “Where are you going and how can we know the way?” One of the most difficult things for us to say is “I don’t know.” Yet, it is so necessary to admit lack of knowledge when you don’t really know. Jesus tells the disciples, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Philip gets in on the conversation asking, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.”

I thought about the chorus that we sing: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

The Bible is our book to show us God through Jesus. Jesus takes us to His Father and our Father. The purpose of Jesus is to offer God’s grace to us through the sacrifice of Himself on the cross. Follow Jesus, He will lead you to the Father.



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