“Just Like My Dad!” (Colossians 1:15)

My wife and I were watching a television show which featured a well-known actor discussing his latest movie project. After the interview, I remarked to my wife, “Interesting! Good looking guy!” My wife nodded and with an insightful clinical observation stated, “He’s got caps!”

 

I collapsed in laughter. “You sound just like my dad!” Both my wife, a pediatric dentist, and my father, a general dentist, were, not surprisingly, quite adept at making these types of observations. When I was growing up, my father would often make similar observations about celebrities appearing in popular media. It was amusing to see his professional expertise in action and it was just as refreshing to see my wife exhibit the same perceptive behavior. 

 

Experts in their respective occupations are able to perceive things that the general population may overlook or are unaware. The supreme example of this is Jesus Christ who had a peerless ability to understand people.

 

And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ​‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Mark 10:17-22 (ESV)

 

This man was a rich young ruler. He had everything yet he knew his life was missing something, but what? Didn’t he keep all of the commandments? Wasn’t that enough? Jesus knew exactly why this man came to Him and what was hindering his understanding of a true relationship with God. He needed to love God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength but his love for his wealth was preventing him from seeing this. Jesus gave him a precise answer but the man rejected His advice. The Bible records numerous examples of Jesus cutting through psychological defenses and years of emotional baggage to deliver the answers that each person was truly seeking. How is He able to this?

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Colossians 1:15 (ESV)

 

Jesus Christ is the God-Man. He is fully God and fully Man. He understands our human nature better than we know our own selves because He is the perfect Man, the example to which all should aspire. He is God, the image of God, His Father. He understands our minds and motivations, our hidden and dark secrets, and can perfectly minister to each of us according to our unique needs. 

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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