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Jesus and His Father

Jesus and His Father

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Published by D. A. Blanc, PhD
New Life Bible Fellowship
New Life Bible Fellowship

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New Life Bible Fellowship 
2012 
JESUS AND HIS FATHER 
Four Observations
© Dr. Douglas A. Blanc, Sr.
 
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JESUS AND HIS FATHER
INTRODUCTION
In a 1989 issue of the
Our Daily Bread 
daily devotional Linda Anderson wrote the following:
 
She was blond and beautiful, with azure eyes and a tumble of tawny curls. At three years of 
age, she would climb into her daddy’s lap, snuggle up with a wide, satisfied smile, and purr,“This is my safe place!” And so it was. Dads, husbands, YOU are the “safe place.” You are
our protector and provider. And when you gather us for a time with God, we need a safeplace. A safe place, not a lecture. A safe place, not a sermon. A very human dad/husband
 who simply cares about God and us. We don’t need or even want a “spiritual giant.” We just want you. And we need a gathering time (phone unplugged) where it’s safe to say toeach other, “How are you and the Lord getting along?” “How can we pray today?” We
need a safe place to cry laugh, sing, rejoice, challenge, share, and sometimes not to share
and have it be okay. We need a time with you that’s relaxed—
un-stiff, when we can pray honestly, in simple sentences, from our hearts. Un-fixed. Un-rigid. Un-routine. Un-shackled. We need a place where irregular opinions are respected, and where God has thelast word. We need a gentleman leader, not a general. Gracious. Relaxed. Human. A family shepherd who exhibits not infallible authority, but a thirst for God. Every day? Not necessarily. Often? Yes. Long? No. Where? Anywhe
re. How? Sense where we’re at, and
zero in. We may need heavy-duty confessing to each other and to God...silent prayer...exuberant praise...Bible study. But not every time. Thanks for listening, Dad.Remember, we need you. Your family.
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 The point is, we long for personal contact and for meaningful human relationships. Most of all, welong for intimacy in our relationships; we desire depth that transcends formality or superficialgesturing and extends to the very core of our being. To know and to be known; this is our life-long quest. This longing is wonderfully illustrated by the apostle John in the prologue to his Gospel:
“ 
No one has ever seen God. The only one, himself God, who is 
in closest fellowship with theFather
, has made God known.
” 
(
John 1:18
NET)
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The phrase “in closest fellowship with the Father” is literally 
translated (from the Greek original)
“in the bosom of the Father.” The idiom of “bosom” expresses the “safe place”
referenced above. We recoil from the prospect of possessing such a relation with God as though it is out of reach; theidea of reclining trustingly-safely o his bosom, resting all of our cares upon him (see
Ps 55:22
and
1 Peter 5:7
), to sense the warmth of his embrace, and to be comforted by his tender voice (see also
Num 6:25; Ps 31:16: 80:3; 119:135
).
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New English Translation
 
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Our task is to consider this greatest Father-child relationship of all and to discover how we may share in this, the most intimate of relations. It is for us to consider, doing so not merely with wonder and amazement as though such a relationship is beyond our grasp, but more importantly 
to identify qualities, characteristics, and dynamics that we may emulate from our Lord’s example
and to benefit from all that it means to
abide in the “safe place” of our heavenly 
Father.It is worth noting that when the vertical relationship with God is healthy and tuned, so also thehorizontal relationships between us will be (e.g. spousal, siblings, offspring, within the body of Christ, our community-workplace ties, our friends, and even our enemies). This principle is well-attested in Scripture and again by the apostle John. Consider the following translation of thisimportant text:
“If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in 
the dark,we're obviously lying through our teeth 
— 
we're not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light,God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed 
blood of Jesus, God's Son, purges all our sin.” 
(
1 John 1:6-7
MSG)From the lips of our Savior we discover deference to and dependence upon his Father. Two of many scripturally notable examples are helpful at this point, implicit trust and fervent prayer. Eachserves to beg the question concerning how we may emulate Jesus who in the days of his flesh livedas one conscious of and subjected to the dictates (and the timetable) of his Father purposes:1.
 
The totality of the earthly experience of our Lord was in the hands of his Father. Thestunning reality of this truth revealed to us draws us closer to the realization of true andabiding rest. Rest is received from Jesus as from one who alone can place us and keep us ina right relation with the Father.
The very “rest” that 
results in deliverance from just condemnation also provides security and satisfaction for our daily walk with Christ. Whothen will become simple as a child; trusting, humbled and seeking from the hand of Godall that is needed for life, health, safety and an assorted host of needs which contribute toour well-being (see
Matt 18:1-5
)? Alternatively stated, who will resign every need pertaining 
to one’s existence
in this world and
one’s
destiny in the next to the all-sufficient hands of God?
From the lips of Jesus we hear…
 
"I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father,and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon  you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." 
(
Matt 11:25-30
NIV)2.
 
Prayer was and is central to the life of Jesus. That it was fervent, even importunate, is
evident from the following brief survey…
 a)
 
He was praying at his baptism prior to receiving the anointing of the Spirit (
Luke 3:21
).b)
 
He was praying prior to the momentous choosing the Twelve (
Luke 6:12
).c)
 
He prayed giving thanks prior to calling forth Lazarus from the tomb(
John 11:41-42
).

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