Throughout the 3 years next to the Lord Jesus, the disciples saw extraordinary demonstrations of power. For example, twice they saw a large multitude be fed in a miraculous way. They also saw the blind see, paralytics walk, people with leprosy be cleaned, and many others. On top of this, they saw a miracle which called my attention the most: the resurrection of the dead.
Imagine the scene of Nain’s widow, in tears, crossing the city gate with her only son dead. On the way, was the Lord Jesus. She faced the pain, death and despair in her life. With one touch on the coffin, the young man got up. The same thing happened with Jairo’s daughter, and also, in a more surprisingly way with Lazarus, who had been dead for four days.
Although all these miracles showed the glory of God and the ability to help so many people, we don’t see the disciples asking how to do it. Do you know why? Because there was something that the Master did that was even more extraordinary: The way he spoke to the Almighty.
Those men knew the Scriptures and they had never seen someone which so much intimacy and intrepidity in prayer. Before this, they perceived that they didn’t know the fundamentals of a spiritual life, and that learning how to pray was more important than learning how to do miracles.
The Lord Jesus met the request and began His teaching launching a deep concept about the kind of relationship we should have with God by calling Him Father.
Like this, He revealed to us that God was His father, and that He also desired to be our Father.
Perhaps you, like me, may not have had a good earthly father figure. I see examples on a daily basis of women that suffer because they are daughters of an unknown father who is: absent, alcoholic, cruel or abusive.
However, having God as a father helps you overcome difficulties from the past and it becomes the greatest glory that a human can achieve and the highest prize of human existence. But this prize is only given to those who went through the legitimate process of adoption. This means that they were bore by Him, who died to their corrupted nature and were born again.
Having the privilege of calling my Lord, Father, was one of my greatest joys. I know that He has many precious Names, but, for me, Father is the best. I don’t get tired of saying “my Father”. Sometimes, in the silence in my room, I don’t know what to say, but I know something that makes my heart glad, and His as well, babbling like a child: “Daddy…”
You might think I’m exaggerating calling God daddy, but I tell you that the Holy Spirit reaffirmed the liberty that the Lord Jesus had given us by saying:
“And because you are sons, God has sent forth into our hearts the Spirit of His Son, crying, “Abba, Father!”” Galatians 4:6
The word “Abba” belongs the Aramaic language and was conserved in some versions of the Bible. It expresses the greatest point of intimacy between son and Father. The word “Father” is formal, like in the English language, but “Abba Father” is informal, familiar and completely intimate. Saying “Abba, Father” is the same as saying, “My Dear Father”, “Dad”, “Daddy”…
We are no longer orphans, but we have a Loving Father, just, attentive, that invites us to have a communion with Him.
But we must remember that the right to call Him Father is only given to those who are in fact children. This certainty is not created by us nor does it come from others, but it’s given by the Holy Spirit, through an inner conviction. In other words, it’s the Holy Spirit that speaks to you, in a personal way, if God is your Father, and no one else can hear that Voice.
And, if we are children, we are also heirs of everything with the Lord Jesus.
See you next week.