Hebrews 12:2: “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

When I painted my sister’s dog Maple I copied a snapshot she took in the prior winter season. The image depicted Maple in the snow. Enjoying snowfall, she had the most adorable look on her little dog face. One morning I walked into my studio to pick up where I had left off the day before, when I suddenly noticed that I had painted her legs all wrong. Trying to capture the dog’s facial expressions I had taken my eyes off the original photograph. I ended up with a cute dog face and four crippled legs.

Translated into the realm of faith, I find there is a small analogy: Taking our eyes off the original Godhead, our faith loses substance and soon becomes crippled and frail.

All life forms are nuanced and complex; how much more is God, the originator of life? An important nuance is God’s Trinity. Interacting with God, we deal with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Fixing our eyes on the Son, we gain access to the Father and the Holy Spirit; Jesus is the spitting image of the Father, and the Holy Spirit talks about Jesus all the time. Thanks to the Trinity’s work and enthusiasm are we believers. Jesus saw His earthly mission through and initiated a worldwide movement of renewal and reconciliation. His thumbprints are all over our faith, which makes Him the Author of our faith. The Lord ignited the flame because He believed in us.

Jesus also believed that He would be delivered from the grave – and He was. He rose from the grave and officially conquered death once and for all. Outside His empty tomb Jesus met Mary Magdalene. She was clearly overwhelmed seeing Jesus alive after His horrific death on the cross and so she held on to Him. His parting words to her were (John 20:17):

“Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Believing in Jesus, we are literally adopted into His family and He becomes a close relative of ours – which means Jesus is our brother, His God is our God and His Father is our Father.