A Word From The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson

 

     
     

My Father and your Father and to My God and your God. (John 20:17).

An evaluation was made by Hallmark Company. They had given free cards to inmates on Mother's and Father's Day. Whereas they always ran out on Mother's Day, it was discovered that only a small, small percentage of cards were actually used by inmates for Father's Day.

This says a lot about our generation and our cultural influences, but regardless of upbringing or culture, Jesus made a statement to Mary after His resurrection that should encourage all of us.

"Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father and to My God and your God'" (John 20:17).

Jesus bridged the gap between God the Father and humankind, providing THE WAY, that whosoever will believe in Jesus the Christ, may have a relationship with GOD the Father. And in a great show of love, even before we came to this revelation, our Heavenly Father put people in our lives to reflect Him and His love for us.

Maybe it was a teacher or a coach; maybe the father-figure was a neighbor who always asked how you were doing. Perhaps God showed Himself to you through a pastor or Sunday school leader.

Whoever or whatever God used to reveals his fatherly love, God has provided that which is needed to make sure you find Him - the heavenly father to those who have fathers and to those who are fatherless (Psalm 68:5). Do you know him as your heavenly Father? You can. Jesus has bridged the gap.


Adapted from: http://http://www1.cbn.com/devotions/my-father-and-your-father 


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