Due to the frailties of earthly fathers, many people struggle to embrace God as a Heavenly Father. If you have ever wanted to know what God the Father is like, look no further than His Son.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6
Why the Fatherhood of God Is Important
- If God wanted us to approach Him as a boss, Jesus would have come as a worker.
- If God wanted us to view Him as a general, Jesus would have come as a soldier.
- If God wanted us to treat Him as an idea, Jesus would have come as a philosopher.
- Since God wanted us to engage with Him as a Father, Jesus came as a Son.
- The greatest hindrance in understanding your Heavenly Father might be processing the baggage of your earthly father.
- The greatest cure to your religious distance would be to learn how to embrace God as your Dad.
What Jesus Taught About the Father
14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
- Our instabilities bring us fear, but God’s faithfulness offers us courage (14:1; cf. 13:21-38).
- Jesus described heaven as a spacious house provided by an intentional Father (14:2-3).
- There is no way to go, no truth to know, and no life to grow outside of Jesus (14:4-7).
- The best way to understand the heart of the Father is by learning from the life of His Son (14:8-11).
How Jesus Showed Us the Father
- Your Father knows all about your issues and still wants you anyway.
- Your Father is aware of all your hurts and still wants you to talk to Him about it.
- Your Father is able to protect you from anything or anyone who threatens you.
- Your Father is intentional to seek you even when you neglect Him.
- Your Father is willing to discipline you with temporal means for your eternal benefit.
- Your Father is working behind the scenes for your good.
- Your Father never minds getting His hands dirty to clean up your mess.
- Your Father is never bothered by a single one of your needs.
- Your Father has an everlasting commitment to you, so you never have to fear being abandoned.