Have you ever seen a star? No, you haven’t. Whenever you look at a star in the sky, you aren’t really seeing the star itself: you are seeing the light that radiated from that star.
The light left the star and travelled millions of light years accross space to reach Earth, where your eye finally caught a glimpse of it. But the star itself is beyond your reach.
And yet, the light enables you to see everything the star is. Even though the light and the star are not the same, the light proceeds from the star because it is part of the star, and whatever we know about the star, we know because we can see and study its light.
Jesus is the light that proceeds from God. He reflects who God is and what He is like; He reflects all of God’s glory. And eve though Jesus is not the Father, Jesus is part of the Father Himself. Everything we know about God, we know because Jesus reveals it.
Questions for Reflection
- How is Jesus like light? How is Jesus unlike light?
- How are the Father and Jesus alike? How are the Father and Jesus not the same?
- In what sense are Jesus and the Father one?
- Is it correct to say that Jesus is God? Does He deserve worship?
Lord, God the Father; and Lord, Jesus Christ. I recognize that you are one. I recognize that the Father is perfectl revealed in the Son, and that the Son proceeds from the essence of the Fahter. May I be forever in the hand of the Father, and forever in the hand of Jesus. Please continue to reveal yourself to me!
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