In my neck of the woods, today is Father’s Day. If that’s not the case where you live, bear with me. We celebrate Father’s Day on different days in different countries. But, in a sense, every day should be Father’s Day. Every day!
Jesus did something seriously radical – well, actually He did a lot of radical things, but this one thing really, really annoyed the religious leaders of the day. He referred to God as “His Father in Heaven”.
How dare He? How dare He be so familiar? How dare He demean this great and mighty God? But as outrageous as it seemed to the religious sensibilities of the Pharisees and Sadducees, what Jesus was actually doing was revealing the very nature of God.
And when you get to know Him in your own experience, you discover that God is the most loving Father of all. Years later, the Apostle John, who’d spent a lot of time in Jesus’ inner circle, put it like this:
1 John 3:1 The Father has loved us so much! This shows how much he loved us: We are called children of God. And we really are his children. But the people in the world don’t understand that we are God’s children, because they have not known him.
Yes, the Father has loved us so much, but in order to experience that love, in order to know what it is to be one of His children, you have to get to know Him.
I pray that you, like me, had a great father here on earth. But whether you did or didn’t, know this – the love of God is so much greater than anything your father could have offered you.
The Father has loved us so much! We are called children of God. And we really are his children.
You are loved.
That’s Dad’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.