Jesus reveals the Father – Everyday With Jesus Daily Devotional written for 7th September 2019.
John 14:1-14 – ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’ (v9)
Message (Jesus reveals the Father)
We touched yesterday on what I believe is one of the most important truths we can ever discover in relation to prayer, namely, that we will never rise higher in our prayer lives than our understanding and concept of God.
Time and time again, I have watched people struggle over this issue. Their prayers remain hesitant because, deep down in their hearts, they doubt God’s willingness to respond to them.
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This is why, if we are to learn to pray the Jesus way, it’s important to seek to develop a clear understanding of the Fatherhood of God. But how can we gain a picture of God’s Fatherhood that is true to reality? One way we do it is by focusing upon Jesus.
God is a relational Father. The Jews referred to God using lofty and exalted titles. Jesus must have stunned them all when He used the Aramaic word ‘Abba’ used by children to call their fathers ‘daddy’.
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Jesus went on to say in John 14:9: ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’
‘The philosophies of India’, said one writer, ‘are the high watermark of man’s search for God. Here the mind of man strained itself to search for God and speculate about Him. But in all their searching, they never discovered that He was a loving and tender Father.
And why? Because they had no Jesus. They had Rama, Krishna, Shankara, Buddha, and many others, but no Jesus. That lack was a vital lack. For Jesus is the expression of the Father in human form. If you want to know what God is like as a Father, then gaze at Jesus.
He clears the fog and misconceptions from around God and shows us that the heart that beats at the back of the universe is like His heart – a heart overflowing with unconditional love.
Lord Jesus, I am so thankful that I no longer need wonder what the Father is like; He is like You. You have revealed Him as He truly is. This gives a clear focus to my praying. I am deeply grateful. Amen.
- How did Jesus show He was of the Father?
- What did Jesus pray?