Most of us have great human fathers but Jesus gave us the greatest Father. He gave us His Father. Some of you are probably already asking yourselves if this is theologically sound doctrine, but hang in there. Jesus was always talking to His Father and talking about His Father. He said that He couldn’t do anything by Himself, but only the things that the Father did. He was really modeling for us the way we should live in our new redeemed state.
Phillip asked Jesus to show them the Father. And Jesus’ reply was other worldly. He said, “Have I been with you so long and you haven’t known me? If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” Whoa! What? Jesus is supposed to be the Son, but now He says He’s the Father. This changes everything, if you’ve always thought of Jesus as someone less than God. And this is how He gives us Himself.
God enters the earth as a human and places Himself in the arms of Mary. He has come to reveal Himself to the world as a person. He shows us simultaneously who God is, that is, God’s nature and personality, while at the very same time revealing the new type of person that we are to become. John talks about this when he says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” Jesus had direct access to the Father and gave that same access to us when He gave us His name.
Jesus said, “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” He gave us direct contact with the Father. What an amazing gift! On this Father’s Day weekend, remember what a great gift it is to have a direct line to the Father. And take your requests to Him. He is listening for His sons and daughters and He will speak to you and through you. Don’t pass up the chance to be the new you.