He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Col. 1:15)

“ARE YOU URIAH’S FATHER?” I was standing in the hallway at a public building when a police officer approached to ask that question. I’ve heard it before, though never from a cop. Generally, I get that query from friends or former schoolmates of my son.

“Yes, I am,” I answered.

“I thought so,” the officer said. “I used to work with your son, and he looks just like you.” Then she added, “He talks about you all the time.” I was pleased, and a little flattered. The exchange brought to mind something Heather used to say about the temperamental likeness between me and my firstborn: “He’s you with an exclamation point.”

Jesus is the Son of God, and He is God. The Son is the Father with an exclamation point. God cannot be seen, but he can be known through the life and teachings of the Son. And the Son talks about the Father all the time. He makes the Almighty God, whom we struggle to comprehend, real to us.

When you wonder who God is or what he would say or do in your situation, look to Jesus. By that I mean read the Gospels, listen to His words, reflect on His teaching, meditate on the stories He told and the things He did. When you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father.

Imagine what Jesus would say to you about the things that trouble your mind.

Lawrence W. Wilson is the author of A Different Kind of Crazy (WPH) and coauthor of The Long Road Home (WPH). He lives in central Indiana and blogs at www.lawrencewilson.com.

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