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Celebrating the Father

Today is Father’s Day when we celebrate fatherhood, and our fathers. Fathers are important people. They’re figureheads, traditionally the head of the household though not so much anymore, and role models for their children and other children as well. And, while the mothers do 95% of the work in bringing children into the world, it does take a father in the creation of children. So, why is it on Father’s Day that almost all of us forget the ultimate Father that’s responsible for all of us being here? First and foremost we need to be grateful today for God the Father creating and maintaining us.

God, in the form of Jesus, created all of the universe and everything in it. And His power maintains everything. John writes in the start of his gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was nothing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men…And the Word as made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-3,14). So then it was Jesus as the second part of the Trinity that created everything at the Father’s direction.

God also maintains the universe. Physicists tell us that below atoms and below the smallest subatomic particles is pure energy. That energy is the power of God. So on Father’s Day lets first celebrate God and then our earthly fathers, because without God the Father there would be no earthly Fathers.

Good fathers are a gift from God.

Paul’s main theme was our public position as sons and daughters of God. John was concerned with our relationship to the ultimate Father: “For the Life was manifested, and we have seen [Him], and bear witness, and show to you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested to us; that what we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you may also have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:2,3).

We as Christians have God as our spiritual Father as we have been adopted by Him into His family “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate, to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29; see 8:28-39).

We need then to walk in the light as Jesus is the light in order to have fellowship with God and with each other ( 1 John 1:8). No prejudice exists with God toward humans, so there should be no prejudice among us for our sisters and brothers. No white church on one side of town and a black church on the other side of town. Christianity is the cure for racism. I’m getting off point here, but that needed to be said at this time. It’ll be the topic of next week’s blog.

The point this week is that to truly be the sons and daughters of God, and for Him to truly be our Father, we need to follow His commandments. This is not because we just act according to His will because He said to do so, but because it is our new nature in Christ to do so. Being reborn into Christ and He into us creates in us a new nature, a spiritual DNA, so to speak, with new priorities for life: “And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that says, ‘I know Him’ and keeps not His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keeps His word, in him is truly the love of God perfected; hereby know that we are in Him. He that says he [or she] abides in Him ought also to walk even as He walked” ( 1 John 3-6).

I suggest that today you read all if 1 John carefully. It’s only five chapters spanning only five pages or so, but it outlines our relationship to our ultimate Father. So today as Father’s Day, lets celebrate and express our gratitude to our Father who is in Heaven.

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