Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

On Father’s Day, we remember and honor our Fathers.  Each of us has different memories of our fathers; some have memories of warm, loving fathers; some have memories that are not so pleasant.  Some of our fathers are with us; some are no longer living on this earth. 

Even though we all have different earthly fathers, we all have in common our heavenly Father.  This Father loves us more than we can imagine.  He longs to have a relationship with His children and shower them with good gifts.  We each have a unique, special relationship with our heavenly Father, and in His wisdom He gives each of us different gifts.  But there is one gift He has given to each and every one of us—the gift of His only begotten Son, Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

He sent His Son to earth to live as a man, like us.  Jesus experienced the same trials, pains, disappointments, frustrations and temptations that we experience.  Our Savior lived the way we live.  But the way He died sets Him apart.  This is the special gift that our heavenly Father has sent to us.  He allowed the blood of His only begotten son to be shed, for us.  He allowed the body of His only begotten son to be broken for us.  Jesus commands us to remember His sacrifice:  “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19b). Father and Son together gave this gift so we could sit at the throne of God, become His children and have the privilege of calling Him “Abba, Father.”

Heavenly Father, Thank you for the sacrifice of your only son. Thank you for adopting us into your heavenly family and allowing us to call you “Father.

John 3:16-17 (NIV) “For god so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

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