Do you ever wondered what the Father is really like?
It’s too easy for us to look at our own fathers, or the greek god Zeus, or Santa Claus, and assign those attributes to our heavenly Father. But that view would be distorted.
Jesus says, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9 (NLT)
That’s because Jesus was the exact representation of the Father. As Bill Johnston says; “Jesus is perfect theology”.
He only did what He saw the Father do
For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. John 6:38 New Living Translation (NLT)
He only said what He heard the Father say
I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it. And I know his commands lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say.” John 12:49-50 New Living Translation (NLT)
So let’s spend some time looking at Jesus so we can see the Father more clearly. These are thoughts that I consider when I wonder at and about the Father.
Jesus – Liked to Party
The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Matthew 11:19 (New Living Translation)
The Father – Rejoices Over You with Singing
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 (New Living Translation)
Jesus – Loved His Friends
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. John 15:13-14 (New Living Translation)
The Father – Calls You The Apple of His Eye
Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings Psalm 17:7-8 (New International Version)
Jesus – Didn’t Come to Condemn
God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 (New Living Translation)
The Father – Is Not Angry with You
“Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
Isaiah 54:9-10 (New Living Translation)
Jesus – Healed All Who Were Oppressed by The Devil
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. Acts 10:38 (New Living Translation)
The Father – Forgives ALL Your Sins and Heals All Your Diseases
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
Psalm 103:2-3 (New Living Translation)
Jesus is the exact representation of the Father. He is perfect theology. If you want to know the Father, you need to know His Son.
It’s not the Father’s will for you to be away from them. (2 Peter 3:9) He longs to welcome you into His family (Luke 15:20). You can trust Him. He’s good.