Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’                                                           John 14:9 (NIV)

I have always found that people tend to have strong reactions to the name of Jesus. Some take his name in vain. Others revere and worship him. It seems that almost everyone who takes the time to study Jesus comes away with a definite opinion of him. He is, perhaps, the leading character of history, the most influential person who ever lived, and certainly the one who can and does change lives.  

In the novels that I have written- Joseph Shepherd (A Story of Travelers) and Joseph Shepherd (The Adventure Continues), my main character is a man who resembles Jesus. As such, he becomes a “lightning rod” for dissent. His treatment of other people, especially those people on the margins, is often misinterpreted. People tend to have strong reactions to him, both positive and negative.

The entire Bible was written with the arrival and mission of Jesus on earth as the ultimate topic. So, we have the opportunity to make our decisions about Jesus. I trust that my readers are getting to know him and his mission a little better. There is no better example of how to love other people, and how to pattern a life pleasing to God.

When one has seen Jesus, he/she has seen the Father. That is the point.

Prayer: Lord you have graciously given your son as a guide and Savior for us! Amen

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