"He looks just like his dad!"
"She has her mother's eyes."
We hear expressions like these all the time, especially when a new baby is born. We delight in the fact that, in one way or another, our children look like us. In the story of Creation, God is the proud Father as He creates the first man, Adam. God had already created all of the animals, all of the trees and plants, the rocks and hills, the mountains and the seas. But His most cherished creation was man because he looked just like Him. God created man and woman in His own image (Genesis 1:27). I can imagine the pride that God must have felt as He stepped back and looked at the man He had created. "He looks just like Me!"
Unfortunately, man's resemblance to his Father was soon to change. Through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, sin entered the world and marred man's resemblance to God. They no longer bore the image of their Father. That image was covered by the veil of sin. This meant that all future generations, the offspring of Adam and Eve, no longer carried the image of God. They looked just like their earthly parents (Genesis 5:3).
But God desired that His children should look like Him. He wanted to hear people say, "Wow! You look just like your Father!" So, God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sin and restore us to the image of God. Jesus is the visible image of God (Colossians 1:15). Jesus Himself said that if we have seen Him, we have seen the Father (John 14:9). He looks just like His Father!
Because of Jesus' sacrifice, the veil of sin has been removed from us and we can now not only see, but also reflect, the glory of God. And, as we come to know and follow Jesus, the Holy Spirit makes us look more and more like Him (2 Corinthians 3:18). As a result, we can now proudly say, "I look just like my Dad!"