This morning I preached a “Fathers’ Day” message on Jesus’ relationship with His fathers (Joseph and God the Father). My text (this shouldn’t shock you) was Luke 2:41-52. That’s the passage where we find Jesus as the twelve-year-old son of Joseph making a very straight-forward point in response to his mother’s question: “My heavenly Father trumps My earthly father.” I’ve always loved this section of Scripture, and find it challenging to my own soul. I, too, need to be about my “Father’s business.”
Tonight I will be returning to Ogden Baptist Church to preach. My plan is to read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and point out how Theo-centric (God-centered) Jesus was, and we should be so as well. In this particular discourse, Jesus mentioned the Father fifteen times. His main emphasis in the process was to illustrate that all of life ought to be lived in conscious awareness of the presence of the Father. Here’s the proof:
Our good works should be done for the end result that the Father is glorified (5:16).
Our purity should match that of our perfect heavenly Father (5:48).
Our practical righteousness (giving to the needy, praying, fasting, etc.) should be motivated by the Father’s approval rather than man’s applause (6:1,4, 6, 17).
Our prayers to the Father should be God-exalting petitions rather than empty phrases and many words (6:7-13).
Our forgiveness should be offered with the understanding that our Father will forgive us we forgive others (6:14,15).
Our worrying about the basic necessities of life will disappear as we meditate upon the Father’s great love (6:25-33).
Our prayer life should be energized as we consider that our Father loves to give good gifts to His children (7:7-11).
Do you recall that Latin phrase Coram Deo? Translated, it means “before the face of God.” That’s how we are to live! Jesus walked the earth in the presence of the Father. We should do the same. In other words, if we are adopted children of God the Father (Jn. 1:12,13), His Fatherhood should make a tremendous difference in our everyday lives!
I hope you are having a great Father’s Day. However, you do not have to be a Father (or you do not need to have had a great earthly father) to celebrate the presence of God the Father and the implications that has for your life!