I’ve always heard this quote and thought it was positive.
So positive that I’ve taught it to be true.
And I know that through a theological lens there’s nothing wrong with it,
but it has actually always left me feeling…well, unliked.
If God sees Jesus when he looks at me, then what’s the point?
Why create any of us if we’re all supposed to get this Jesusy face-lift?
Why spell out the creation of animals and let them stay uniquely them, and not humans?
I believe that because of Jesus, when God looks at you
He sees YOU!
God’s word speaks to us and through us in Christ and “no creature is hidden from it, but rather everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we have to give an answer [Heb 4:13; CEB].”
I believe that through Jesus, God loves you uniquely.
And all your faults,
He doesn’t love you in spite of them.
He loves you because of them.
Otherwise, this would be a really stupid bible verse:
“Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help [Heb 4:16;CEB].”