Tuesday – “Father”
“And Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.’ Saying this, he breathed his last.”
– Luke 23:46 (CSB)
Jesus begins his final (seventh) statement by once again crying out to God. And as is common and predominant for Jesus to do, He refers to God as Father. Now, for those who have studied the Bible, you are certainly aware of the trinitarian relationship of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. However, Jesus wants us to know and understand the relationship not only He has with God, but also the relationship that we have with the God of the universe; The Great I Am!
He is our Father. Most of us have either had a relationship with our father, with a father-figure, or perhaps you yourself are a father. In any case, God is the Father of all mankind (Ephesians 4:6), whether a person acknowledges it or not. However, for those who accept God as Father; through receiving His Gift, His Son, we are His children. John 1:10–13 (CSB) 10 He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, 13 who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
I wonder, do we really believe the God who created the universe is our Father? Not only that, but He is our perfect Father who knows everything about us, and still loves us unconditionally. His love for us is perfect in every way. Do we realize the empowerment of this? Do we trust in His perfect will and love for us? If we say “yes”, then do we show it? Is it evident in our actions and spirit? Would your friends and family members say that it is evident (visible) in your life?
Matthew 7:9–11 (NIV84)
9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
In today’s prayer time, If you have acknowledged that Jesus alone is your Savior and God is your heavenly Father, I want you to talk to God as though He is just that – your Father. You don’t have to use big, fancy, churchy words – just talk to your Dad. He loves you as no other and He desperately wants to spend time with you.
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