Mirror Image

Steven Laman

Read: John 14:8-11

This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! (Heb. 1:3 The Message)

Mirrors are everywhere. They hang above bathroom sinks and some are used for decoration. Full-length mirrors are found in store dressing rooms to make sure we buy just the right outfit. When we look in a mirror, how can we be certain that the reflection is actually us? Everyone knows that when we move a hand, the reflection moves a hand. When we smile, the reflection in the mirror smiles back at us.

Eugene Peterson, through his paraphrase of Hebrews 1:3, has helped me understand that if I want to know what God is like, all I have to do is look at Jesus. He perfectly mirrors God. The Gospels are full of examples where Jesus was kind, compassionate, and full of love for people. Since the Son perfectly mirrors God, we are assured that the Almighty has the same loving nature. In reply to Philip’s request to show the disciples the Father, or show them God, Jesus replied that he and the Father are one. The apostle Paul wrote that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15 NIV).

I think it is amazing that something so commonplace as a mirror can help us understand a theological truth. The next time we wonder about the nature of God, let’s use a mirror as a reminder to go to the Bible and look at Jesus. —Steve Laman

Prayer: Lord, thank you for sending Jesus to earth as an exact image of your loving nature.