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The Father’s Love

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Jesus said to His Father, I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them.”[1] What is the love that the Father has for Jesus? It is the love of the Father for His Son. The Father loved Jesus before the creation of the world.[2] The Father Himself declared, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”[3] He said this twice – once at the baptism of Jesus and the other time on the Mount of Transfiguration. The second time He said it, He added these words: “Listen to Him!” Even though Moses and Elijah were present on the Mount of Transfiguration, the Father did not profess His love for either of them. He did not even make mention of them. For they and the other men of the Old Testament did not know God as the Father. They only knew Him as “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.”[4]

But Jesus Christ, the Father’s One and Only Son, came to show us His Father. “For God [the Father] so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God [the Father] did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the Name of God [the Father’s] One and Only Son.”[5] If God merely wanted to remain known as God Almighty, He would not have referred to Jesus as His Son. He could have referred to Jesus as the Man whom God has chosen to save the world. And Jesus would not have referred to God as His Father. Basically, if God wanted to remain known as God Almighty, there would have been no mention whatsoever of Father or Son, as such. However, that is not the case, for Jesus came to make known to us His Father. Jesus came as the Father’s Son. He could have come as God as well since He is part of the Godhead, but He didn’t. Jesus came as the Son to reveal His Father to those chosen out of the world.

When Jesus said, “Father, glorify Your Name!” the Father replied, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”[6] (Note that the Father only spoke three times in the four gospels, at least that which was recorded.) Jesus did not say, “God, glorify Your Name!” but He said, “Father, glorify Your Name!”

Jesus said, “Father, I want these whom You have given Me to be with Me where I am. Then they can see all the glory You gave Me because You loved Me even before the world began!”[7] We have learnt that the glory Jesus has is the glory of a Son who has a Father who is God the Father.[8] It is the glory of a Son who has a Father who loves Him and will never forsake Him. It is no ordinary love. Even the best of a dad’s love for his child in this world cannot compare to the Father’s love for His Son. The love of the Father for His Son is the love that Jesus came to make known to us.

Jesus said, Father… I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them.” Jesus wants the Father’s love for Him to be in us. What does that mean? It means that Jesus wants us to experience what it is like to be a son or daughter of the Father so that we can know and understand the Father’s love. Jesus also wants us to know the love that the Father has for Him, so that we have a deeper understanding of the Father’s love and participate in it. It is not a Godly love as much as it is a Fatherly love. The only way we can come to know the love of the Father is to be His son or daughter. And the standard of a son or daughter of the Father is Jesus Christ, the Father’s One and Only Son. We are to be like the Father’s perfect Son, Jesus Christ, doing the things He did and the greater things. Jesus Christ came to Earth as the Son of Man in the Image and Likeness of God. He came to show us what the true Image and Likeness of God is, for man tainted God’s Image and Likeness with sin and thus we never really knew what it was meant to be.

Jesus Christ came in the Image and Likeness of God the Father, so that we may change and become likewise as sons and daughters of God the Father. We are to shed the image and likeness of Adam of which we are now, for that is not the image and likeness God created man in. So likewise, we are not meant to be sons and daughters of men, but sons and daughters of God the Father. Remember, we have only one Father and He is in Heaven.[9] We need to take on the Image and Likeness of Jesus the Son, so that the Father will have more sons and daughters who are of the full stature of His Son, Jesus Christ. This will bring the Father much honour and glory.

Just as Jesus honours the Father,[10] we are also to honour the Father. For if God is our Father, where is the honour due Him?[11] Where is the honour due the Father who sacrificed His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, so that we may benefit from the Covenant for the Forgiveness of Sins? Where is the honour of the Father when so-called Christians, who call themselves sons and daughters of God, do not honour His Son, Jesus Christ? For “He who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father, who sent Him.”[12]

Jesus said, “All who love Me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and We will come and make Our home with each of them.”[13] Isn’t that wonderful? The Father and the Son will come and make Their home with those who love Jesus. Home is the residence of a family. Imagine being at home with your Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, your Brother, and there maybe other brothers and sisters as well, who are also sons and daughters of the Father. I don’t know about you, but as for me, I think it will be more than wonderful to be at the Father’s home with Him – my Father – and with Jesus, my Brother. They are the perfect Father and Brother anyone can ask or wish for, or even imagine. They are far better than even our own dad and siblings, especially those whom we think are so wonderful already. Our Heavenly Father is perfect![14]

Jesus said, “I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are One: I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”[15] Remember that the glory of Jesus is the glory of the Son who has a Father who never forsakes Him. And Jesus has given us that glory. The unity that Jesus was talking about is a unity of sons and daughters who have the Father as their Father; sons and daughters who know and understand that their Heavenly Father loves them and will never forsake them; sons and daughters of the Father who love and honour Him, as Jesus loves and honours Him. The Father will love His sons and daughters as He loves Jesus. It is the love of the Father for His Son.

Jesus said, I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with My joy.”[16] What were the many things that He told us? Jesus gave us His words, which are the words of the Father. Those words contain His teachings and commands, and more importantly, His revelation of the Father. What is the joy of Jesus, which He said we would be filled with? It is the joy of a Son who has a Father who loves Him. Jesus said, “When you obey My commandments, you remain in My love, just as I obey My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”[17]

Jesus said to His Father, Make them holy by Your truth; teach them Your word, which is truth. Just as You sent Me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give Myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by Your truth.”[18] How was the Father going to teach the disciples of Jesus His word, which is truth? Could it have been face to face? Was it meant to be that if the early disciples obeyed Jesus and went to meet Him at Galilee after His resurrection, they would have had the Father Himself teach them His word? Imagine if those early disciples had obeyed Jesus and met Him at the appointed time, instead of being late. Imagine what they would have heard and seen. What did Jesus want to show them? Did Jesus want to show them His Father? Imagine the Father Himself teaching them. What would the Father have taught them?

So many questions of what was meant to be. We have failed to do our bit and it has been a downhill ride ever since. Is it possible to right that wrong? Is it possible to meet Jesus at Galilee at that appointed time although it is now about 2000 years too late? Jesus said, “Anything is possible if a person believes,”[19] and, “…everything is possible for [the Father.][20]

Let the light of the Father’s love shine brightly within His sons and daughters, as surely as it shines ever so brightly within Jesus, the Father’s perfect Son, the One who sacrificed Himself for us so that we can be made holy by the Father’s truth. And may the joy of the Father’s love in His sons and daughters overflow from within them. Amen.


 

[1] John 17.26

[2] John 17.24

[3] Matthew 3.17, 17.5, Mark 1.11, 9.7, Luke 3.22, 9.35

[4] Exodus 34.6-7

[5] John 3.16-18

[6] John 12.28

[7] John 17.24 NLT

[8] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2007/06.06.2007_HardestTeachingsXXI.pdf

[9] Matthew 23.9

[10] John 8.49

[11] Malachi 1.6

[12] John 5.23

[13] John 14.23 NLT

[14] Matthew 5.48

[15] John 17.22-23

[16] John 17.13 NLT

[17] John 15.10-11 NLT

[18] John 17.17-19 NLT

[19] Mark 9.23 NLT

[20] Mark 14.36

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