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Day 30 – Issue 13

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Be Still Know

John 14:7 NLT

‘If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!’

Fathers are interesting in as much as they tend to split opinion. Those who had unhappy childhood experiences with their father, together with those who grew up with an absent father, often find the Christian use of the metaphor of ‘father’ unhelpful; unlike those who enjoyed a happy childhood with their father. My dad, returning from eight years of warfare, was a complex character. He was excellent when I was a boy; teenage years and the invention of youth culture aggravated and appalled him in equal measure. So teenage years were a difficult chapter to negotiate.

However, Jesus throughout his final teaching to his disciples, returns to his relationship with his Father. In fact, there had not been a time when the Father and the Son had not been together. Where the Father is the source of life, Jesus is the Word of life, the Word that brought everything that is, into creation. The Father, who detailed the plan for humanity’s rescue and who asked the Son to be birthed of a woman on earth; the Son, who out of obedience agreed, even when the immensity of the challenge threatened to overwhelm him in Gethsemane.

Jesus tells his disciples that all that he says and does reflects the Father’s will. He also says that by knowing him we also know the Father. In other words, our faithfulness not only reflects the values of the kingdom in the earth, it also joins us to God’s family. The benefits are remarkable. By virtue of being in God’s family, we are invited to those same things that marked out Jesus’ life and ministry. While still mortal, we are gifted with the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Triune God, and the One who always gives witness to the presence of God – in the individual and in the world.

QUESTION: How do you respond to the word ‘father’?

PRAYER: Jesus, you show me what the Father is really like; help me to do as you did and live according to his good will. 

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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