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Kids liked to sit on Jesus’ knees. They are not drawn to the austere. Jesus is  completely approachable as our friend. He is not a version of Queen Victoria’s consort Prince Albert and unlike Her Majesty He is amused. Where else did humour come from? Jesus bears no resemblance to the dignities we attach to worldly rulers.  But He is not our ‘mate’ as I heard one person address Him. He is deity and we are not. Nevertheless we are daughters and sons and have been placed in His Presence.

The notion of the Father as The Great Law Giver may sound respectful and religious. We can say it with gravitas and a grandiose tone, imagining that we are doing Him a service. But in doing so we are denying the witness of the new testament and the enlightened visions of this age. If we have seen Jesus we have seen the Father. The tragedy is that many have not seen Jesus but have mistaken Him for a projection of themselves.

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.

The Father is indeed a Giver. He gave His Son and in doing so He gave Himself. The Father was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. The Father is the Giver because He is Love. He gives life without limit. Jesus, His Son is the human face of the Father and the answer to the question ‘What is love?’

Love is not lawlessness. Love draws us into Him. In Him we multiply His Order. Love is Jesus.

A generic ‘God’ does not produce life or light. Jesus does. Turning to the Lord means turning to live our life in and from a personal Jesus. We can live out of the law and live out of the Bible but if we do so we cannot know who God really is. Only in Jesus is the veil taken away. Only in Jesus does the Bible bear accurate witness of the Father. Jesus is the Light. In Him we see light and in His light we see the Father.

But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away’ 2 Cor 3.14 NIV.

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away’ 2 Cor 3.16 NIV.

The new testament is quite different to the old. Here we have moved from abstractions, ceremonies and lists to Jesus. Here we are in Him and He is our life. Jesus is the righteousness of the Father. Here we believe He is the righteousness of God in us and more. He is the righteousness of God AS US. This is to say that as sons and daughters of the Father we manifest Jesus in the world. By manifesting Jesus in the world we live as the Father’s daughter’s and sons. Well is that cool or what?!

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ’ 2 Cor 4.6 NIV.

Keith Allen

 

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