Would you say that God is “Christ-like"? A strange turn of phrase perhaps, usally reserved for ideal humanity or an admired 'senior saint'. Yet, Jesus' words to uncertain disciples suggest it is so... "if you have seen me, you have ..."
Oh yes, apparently He is just like His Son.
Slow down for this meditation in John 1 and ask the Spirit of God to show you the Father through the Son.
First Reading. Read the passage slowly, we are reading the words that God-breathed.
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and who is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known." [John 1:14-18 NIV]
Now that you are familiar with the passage, read it a second time. Think about God’s revelation of himself.
Also, listen with the ear of your heart for one of the following:
- A word or phrase, a detail that stands out to you.
- Where you find yourself in the passage, how do you related to this person "the Word"?
Read the passage for the third time, slowly.
As you do so and for a few minutes afterwards, reflect on one of the following:
- The word or phrase that stood out to you. Why do you think these words resonated with you?
- How do you feel in response to this description of Jesus? What draws you? What are you thinking or feeling about God: Father, Son and Spirit?
Give yourself a few minutes to do this.
Then ask God, "How does this connect with my life today?"
What do I need to know, or be, or do?
Respond in Prayer
Make a fourth & final reading.
Then, talk to God about what you think the Spirit might have said to you, or what came to your mind.
Pray in whatever direction you are led. You might thank God for something or ask God for something.
Do as you are led. You may wish to simply be with God, to you still in his presence. You may wish to pay attention to God, pondering especially, "how did God seem in the passage?"
What about the LORD makes you want to worship him, or at least be with him? Sit in the companionship of the Divine—the one who invites you to come away and be with him.
This was adapted from Willard's “Hearing God” (ISBN 9780830869923) who adapted it from our new friend and mentor, Guigo II.