Day Four: Jesus is Everlasting Father
Today we discover that Jesus is Everlasting Father. Fathers know their children and rescue them in times of need. Jesus is able to rescue us from sin and death, our greatest, and is in a hurry to forgive his children.
Today we will hear a story about two sons, one who obeyed, and one who did not. In Jesus’ story, the one who disobeyed tried to return home and finds that his father is not only waiting to forgive him, but is actually running toward his son to forgive him!
We also see that the obedient son is angry with his father for forgiving his brother. He too needed forgiveness. Whether we know it or not, all of us need our heavenly Father’s forgiveness of our sins.
Through this story Jesus shows His disciples and shows us that He is the Everlasting Father (He is God) who is hurrying to forgive His disobedient children, and that means all of us.
Here is the portion of the Bible from 2 Timothy 3:14-17 that we learned today.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
Like today’s clue in the drama, the dirty mug shows us that what’s in our hearts may not be seen, but Jesus is Emmanuel, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Everlasting Father. He sees what is in our hearts.
Take a moment to read Luke 15:11-32. What clues can we learn about Jesus here?
- Jesus tells a story about a father who is looking to rescue and forgive his children.
- The father in His story is in a hurry to joyfully forgive his children.
- One son in Jesus’s story disobeys and knows that he needs to be forgiven.
- The other son in the story is obedient, but angry at his father for hurrying to forgive his brother. This son doesn’t realize he needs to be forgiven.
Sylvester Sleuth explores what it means to be a family, what it means to receive an inheritance, and what it means for us that Jesus is our Everlasting Father.
Going back to Luke 15:11-32, what evidence have we found about who Jesus is?
- Jesus is the father in the story.
- Jesus is in a hurry to joyfully forgive His children. It is why He suffered and died on the cross. He is God’s way of running to us and forgiving us.
- Some people realize their sin and are stirred by God to ask for forgiveness.
- Some people do not think they have any sin that needs forgiveness.
The two sons in the story show that hearts can be blind and hard, or they can burn within. Which son are you?