“You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The Son becomes the Father, and the Father the Son.”
This has been going round in my head for a few weeks. It’s not a biblical quote. It’s from the Superman films. 🙂 But it fits with what Father has been showing me. I can even imagine the Father saying something like this to Jesus!
In the movie, the father, Jor-El, sends his son, Kal-El to earth. The experience of that promise is something that Kal-El grows into as he realizes who he is and what that means for him and all those on earth. There is an understanding that their lives are entwined; the father in the son and the son in the father. There is a ‘oneness’ that exists.
Jesus speaks continually of the Father and of their relationship together. A few examples:
- “I and the Father are one.”
- “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
- “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.”
The purpose of Jesus is to be one with his Father, and to do what the Father is doing. For him, there is only one thing that matters. Oneness with the Father. He brings us into that oneness.
For some time I’ve been seeing that Father is desiring to reveal his Son in each of us afresh. We know that Father delights to do that. He loves to hear the Spirit of his Son in us crying, “Abba! Father!” But the other week my eyes were opened to something simple. It is this.
“The purpose of Christ in us is to reveal the Father in us.”
Jesus says “In that day you will know that I am in the Father, the Father is in me, and I am in you.” And so, he is in the Father, and the Father is in him. And if we know that he is in us, then the Father is also in us. Christ, the Way to the Father is the revealer of the Father, in us. Their relationship becomes our relationship as Christ dwells in us.
There is a consciousness that Father desires for us to live with which is Christ in us. That consciousness of Christ in us must bring us to a consciousness of the Father in us. Why?
Because there is such a need for people to know the Father. As Christ reveals the Father, so must we. Our world is full of people who feel they are fatherless. It’s humbling when you talk to people and realize so many of their issues stem from a lack of fatherhood.
In reality no-one is fatherless, for we each have a heavenly Father who loves us and desires to be in true relationship with us. And so the revealing of Christ in us is a revealing of the Father in us. For Christ always points to his Father and reveals him in his fullness.
The answer to this world is that we each know our Father and live in union with him.
As I was walking this morning, I had the simplest thought come to mind. It is that I am not knowing Christ in me unless I also know the Father is in me. The union that Christ has with the Father means I too have that same union when I am fully conscious. It is even logical if it’s true what he says; “I and the Father are one.” If that’s true, it is completely illogical to expect that I might know Christ in me and not know the Father in me.
The separation issue that we might have lived with for so long, God out there or God with us, means that we can be conscious of Christ with us and somehow understand that the Father is out there somewhere, and that is enough. But when we know that Christ is within us, there is no escaping the truth that the Father is in us also.
This is wonderful. “Father, reveal your Son in me” has purpose. The purpose of Father revealing his Son in us is so that the Father himself is revealed in us.
“Father, reveal your Son in me; Jesus, reveal your Father in me.”
The circle of Life. Try not thinking about the Lion King song now….. 🙂
Eat the Living Bread, drink the Living Water.