This Is What My Father Is Like

  A young boy was busy with a pencil and paper. His mother asked him, “What are you doing?”  He replied, “I am drawing a picture.”  “What kind of picture are you drawing” asked the mother?  He said, “I am drawing a picture of God.”  Mother responded, “But, honey, no one knows what God looks like.   
The boy replied, “Well, they will when I get through.”

  I can’t show you a photograph of my Heavenly Father but I can tell you much about Him.  There are two things, we need to accept about our Heavenly Father.   The first one is, that we need to believe that our Heavenly Father would want to be known to His children.  He would find no satisfaction in remaining a mystery, or a stranger to His creation. He is not just an invisible power or an unknown force.  Secondly, we need to believe that our Father, God, wants to have children, to have a family.  He wants to love and be loved.  What a privilege: “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”   John 1:12-13  NIV

  The life of Jesus is that picture of God which we need to see.  In Jesus, we can see the fullness of God.  Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen Me, has seen the Father.”  John 14:9  NIV    Now, that is an amazing  statement.  Jesus is the exact image of the Father, God.  The Bible records for us the revelation of God in the person of Jesus, the Christ. 

  The 15th chapter of the Gospel of Luke helps us, as Jesus shows us the Father.  He tells three stories: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son.   What is Jesus saying about the Father in these three stories?
One, the Father knows and loves each individual.  Jesus emphasis the one sheep, one coin and the one boy.  It is the willingness to seek for one, that places value on everyone.  It is true that God loves the whole world, but He loves us individually.  It is the Father’s concern for each one of us that gives us our dignity.  Second, the Father cares and shares with His children.  The deep concern of the Father has to be seen in the stories which Jesus told.  Listen to the strong wording: “seeking shepherd, searching woman and loving father.”  The Hebrew writer wrote: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.”   Hebrews 4:15  NIV   Third, the Father forgives and makes new.  God sent Jesus to seek and to save the lost.  Do I need to define who the lost are?  That’s us, me and you. The Father offers forgiveness through Jesus.  He offers to put His Spirit in the believer to guide and empower the Christian to live His life.

  Abraham Lincoln was asked what he would do with the Southerners when they finally surrendered.  Lincoln said, “I will treat them as if they had never been away.”

  THIS IS WHAT MY FATHER IS LIKE.  He is like Jesus.  Jesus will lead you safely to the Father.  Follow Him.  

 

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