“…the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and believed that I came from God” John 16:27 (NIV)
Some of my readers may be hurting because they never knew a father’s love or else their father was abusive and did not show any love. This is certainly a sad business and the scars of such a wound are usually borne for life.
Then there may be some whose father could not express his love and show pleasure in his children. For whatever reasons, some fathers cannot demonstrate their love in the usual manner. They are often misunderstood for being uncaring or cold towards children. During my lifetime I have witnessed fathers becoming more involved with the care and nurturing of their children and it is a welcome progression on their part.
Those who have never had an affectionate or affirming father can still get a good picture in their minds of what an ideal father should be like. Ideas of protection, strength, gentleness, softly spoken words, and so on come to mind when we think of the ideal father.
Curiously it only says twice in Scripture that “God is love” 1 John 4:8, 16. In our passage for today we read of the reason for God loving us. God loves us because we believe Jesus came from God and secondly that we love Jesus. We may be certain of God’s love for us if we fulfil these conditions according to Jesus. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 8:3, “The man who loves God is known by God.” (NIV).
In the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah there are references to Him being an eternal being as indicated in Micah 5:2 for example. The disciples believed that Jesus was more than a man, they believed He was an eternal being. So the person we call on people to trust and from who to draw strength is someone who always existed.
Jesus is not governed by time and circumstances. Jesus created time and governs circumstances. The disciples believed that Jesus existed before creation with the Father. They understood that He was going back to the One from whom He came. This knowledge made them very concerned not to lose Him when He spoke of leaving them.
It is the same with us. We must see that Jesus is God in human form and capable of caring for all our needs. Why pray to someone who is no greater than we are? Why trust someone who is also governed by circumstances as we are? In Jesus Christ we have One who is all powerful and gracious. He is one who shall deliver all of His people from every enemy including the last enemy which is death.
Do you experience the love of God the Father in your life today? Do you believe in Jesus as the Eternal One sent to rescue sinners from their sin? Do you confess Jesus as Lord today and believe in your heart that He has come back from the dead? Jesus is the only One we need for all the trials and tribulations of this life. He will lead you into the love of the Father if you seek Him today.