In many places around the world, tomorrow, Sunday, June 16th is called “Father’s Day.” The day is used to honor and celebrate those who are fathers. I want us to think about the best way to learn how to be a father.
What is the standard for fatherhood? Obviously, we must start with God. One of the disciples asked Jesus to show them the Father. During those three and a half years of being discipled by Jesus, He mentioned God as a Father, especially in the prayer they asked Jesus to teach them.
Thomas and Philip may not have had good fathers; we are not told, but Jesus made the statement, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him”” (John 14:6–7), they were puzzled!
Philip took the opportunity to ask Jesus to see the real thing; “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. 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’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? (14:9-10).
This deserves thinking about Jesus statements and response.
· The only way to come to God is through Jesus.
· The only way to know God as Father and see Him is through knowing Jesus.
· Close association with Jesus and getting to know Him well, means we get to also know the Father.
· How can this be? There is a perfect oneness between Jesus in the Father. Jesus is the full and perfect representation (reflection) of God. “I and the Father are one” (10:30)
Paul states; “For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Col. 1:19). Fullness means “full measure, completeness, or totality of the contents.” The statement that God’s fullness “was pleased to dwell” means that it was God’s “pleasure” to be fully in Jesus. The Father was “living” there in Jesus as His settled and established place to live. There was no part of Jesus’ life where God the Father was not perfectly represented.
The best place to learn fatherhood is by looking at Jesus who showed us the Father. Be careful where you look for a model of fatherhood. There is only one person who is the perfect example.
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