Sometimes you can just look at people and know that they are related in some way. We use the phrase “spitting image” when referring to sons and daughters who look or act so much like their parents. As those children grow up, chances are you’ll see even more mannerisms that will remind you of certain things their parents do — a walk, a facial expression, a laugh, or a phrase.

As you consider John 8:25-29, pay close attention to what Jesus says about the relationship between Him (the Son) and the Father.

So they said to Him, “Who are you?”

Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to judge, but He who sent Me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from Him.” They did not understand that He had been speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own authority, but speak just as the Father taught Me. And He who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”

Until I began looking at the many instances of father in the New Testament, I don’t recall ever noticing how often Jesus talked about His relationship with the Father. The Son and the Father are one, united in their message, call, love, mission, purpose, and mind. Sometimes we like to think about the differences in the roles that the members of the Godhead play (and there’s nothing wrong with that), but make no mistake: If we will see the Father, we will see the Son, and we will see the Spirit.

Today, I will…ask God to fashion me into the image of His Son, who really is the very image of the Father.