“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34)
This verse of scripture, along with most others, is one we are apt to apply only to ourselves (or, as it was in this case, to pharasaical people whom we wish to denounce). But what a beautiful picture we miss if we fail to consider this thought in the light of God Himself.
Think about it. Who was the first person to make this statement? You would probably say Jesus. But Jesus Himself said, “I speak only what I have heard from my Father.” (see John 5:19, 8:28, and 12:49) So the first person to ever make this statement was not the Son but the Father, and the Father was speaking, not in the first place about people in general, but about His Son.
“In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:1,14)
Here we are given an unmistakable glimpse into the life of the Godhead before time began. Scripture reveals that from all eternity there has been an incredible exchange of love and fellowship taking place within God-the love of a Father and His Son. This love relationship, which is passed between Father and Son by means of the Spirit (I’m speaking in human terms here), is the substance that eventually set our entire world into motion. Overflowing with life, love, and creativity, the Godhead decided to “extend” itself, so to speak. Or, as one brother put it, the Father decided He wanted eyes that were not His to see the beauty of His Son. This is the proper backdrop for Genesis 1:1.
Here’s my point. When God first spoke, saying, “Let there be…” He created this universe as a picture and a shadow of that which was dearest to His heart. And when the fullness of time came, and God was through with types and shadows, He spoke again into our world. Out from the overflow of His heart God spoke, and what came forth was His perfect and final word concerning Himself and His intention toward humanity-Jesus Christ-the Word who was with God, who was God, and who became flesh in order to show us God. (For further reference on this matter, see Colossians 1:15-20 and Hebrews 1.)
Not long ago I was reading John 17, where Jesus prayed to the Father on the night of His betrayal. In regard to His disciples He said, “Father, I have made known to them Your name, and will continue to make it known.” Now I ask, what is the significance of a name? When a man is born his parents can give him whatever name they choose, it makes little difference. But over time that boy’s name will come to represent all that he is as a person. To those who know him, the mere mention of his name will come to signify whatever characteristics and attributes are unique to that man. In other words, a person’s name tells who he is. So when Jesus says, “Father, I have made known to them Your name,” He is saying, “I have showed them who you really are. I have cut through their misconceptions and false notions and revealed you in truth. I have answered every question as to your character, your will, your heart, and your intent. And I will continue to do it.”
I don’t think it gets any clearer than this. The heart of God is His Son Jesus Christ! If you’ve ever wondered what God is like, look at Jesus Christ. If you’ve ever wondered what is on His mind, look at Jesus Christ. And if you’ve ever wondered what His will is for your life, again I say, look at Jesus Christ!