8-20-14 A Family Resemblance

I was adopted as an infant and was raised by my adoptive parents and thus carry their name.  I met my birth parents as an adult. I learned that my sense of humor, and my nose came from my birth mother.  I discovered that other features came from my birth father.  The thing that amazed me when I met him was that we stood like each other – arms crossed or hands in our front pockets. We had never met before and so I couldn’t have picked up the behavior from him. 

There are other aspects I could delve into, but the point is that others could recognize the family resemblance through physical attributes, personality and behaviors. Once I trusted Christ as my Savior, God became my spiritual Father. People should be able to recognize Christian attributes in my life. 

The key to recognizing whether someone is a family member is by knowing the parents.  People that do not know my birth father’s family, or my birth mother’s, do not recognize the resemblance.  Jesus brought this to the attention of the Pharisee’s.  He told them that if they had known the Father, they would have recognized the family resemblance.  Jesus insulted them by doing so, but they needed a blunt eye-opener. 

I know I fail often, but I just hope that people can recognize the “family resemblance” of Jesus in me today. 

“Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.” John 8:19. 

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

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