“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15, NLT).

A common misconception about God and Jesus is they are two radically different beings. Many read the Old Testament and believe God is mean, angry and vengeful. In the New Testament, Jesus seems kind, meek and accepting of everyone (except the Pharisees of course).

When Philip asked Jesus in John 14 to show the Father to the disciples, he said anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. From Jesus’ own lips we learn they are the same in every way. Many verses in the Psalms and other books in the OT show the loving, kind heart of the Father, but I must admit I don’t quite get all the bloodshed and violence either. If you believe Jesus and I do, we can accept what he said as true. Jesus showed us the Father and they are one.

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