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Jesus Paints A Picture Of The Father

Jesus paints a picture of Our Father:

Jesus taught something pretty revolutionary and new; That God is our Father. In John chapter 8 is the discourse with the Pharisees and religious leaders where they ask him if God is his Father, and accuse him of Blasphemy. After all, traditionally speaking, who did the jews say was their father? Abraham, but then who was God?

There is a line of thought that you cannot know God, He is far above and beyond, perhaps uninterested in us. We are ants, specks, nothing before him, and this might seem to be true…
Except that God has shown great interest in us since day one. The book of Genesis reports God coming down, walking in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve, desiring a relationship. Throughout biblical history there are accounts of God’s appearing in dreams and visions, speaking to men and women, giving instruction, intervening in times of need.

Jesus came with a specific message, a key part of that message is that God is our loving Father; “Our Father who art in heaven…” He taught it to the disciples well enough that they taught the same message to the early church and were beaten and thrown into Jail for teaching as Saint John put it “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us that we may be called the children of God.” -1 John 3:1

Saint Paul Taught in Romans 8:29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Jesus is driving the point home, He’s painting a picture for us of what the Father looks like and it may be vastly different than what the picture of your earthly Father looks like.

Romans 8:14-16…those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
There is an intimacy and a closeness implied.

Our Father is not distant or disinterested, like the father of the prodigal He loves us, is watching for us, He rejoices over us, and that will never change.