by Shelly McGraw
Mark 12; Mark 13; Mark 14; Mark 15; Mark 16; Psalm 22:1-5
Many of us have had a less than stellar example of what a father is supposed to be and it can often leave us with an unbalanced view of who our Heavenly Father is and His nature.
Worse, it can rob us of intimacy with God.
In Gethsemane, Jesus falls to His knees and cries out “Abba, Father.” This simple moment is an amazing example of what intimacy with the Father looks like.
32 Jesus and his disciples went to a place called Gethsemane. Jesus said to them, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him. He began to be very upset and troubled. 34 “My soul is very sad. I feel close to death,” he said to them. “Stay here. Keep watch.”
35 He went a little farther. Then he fell to the ground. He prayed that, if possible, the hour might pass by him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup of suffering away from me. But let what you want be done, not what I want.” ~ Mark 14:32-36
Paul also encourages us to approach God with the same attitude and vulnerability.
15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again of fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” ~ Romans 8:15
The word “sonship” that Paul uses here can also be understood as “adoption.” Even when our earthly father passes away, we still have the peace and joy of knowing we have been adopted as a child of God.
We will always have an Abba Father.
In fact, we’re so valued and loved by our Abba Father that He’s made us co-heirs with Christ.
17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. ~Romans 8:17
So, don’t let past experiences with your earthly father rob you of the intimacy your Heavenly Father seeks with you.
Don’t view God as an angry boss or some kind of absentee father.
Instead, cry out to God as your daddy-your Abba Father.
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