Jesus spoke often about His loving Heavenly Father. When we accept Jesus’ message of the Gospel, we become part of God’s Family. Jesus assured us of this. Obviously this is another wonderful mystery! God is generously offering a place in his own Family; but we can hardly understand what this means.
God’s Family is not fashioned after the example of one woman and one man. God has used the traditional family to illustrate some spiritual truths for us, but God’s Family is still a mystery that we can’t understand in this life. We don’t know the shape or the scope of God’s family.
Jesus did say that there won’t be marriage in heaven (which implies there won’t be sex either), and apparently there are no regrets about it: the angels already live this way without complaint.
But Jesus answered and said to them, You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” Matthew 22:29-31 NASB
God’s Family is defined by the purest, most holy kind of Love: which is also a mystery that mankind can barely comprehend. So let’s look higher than this earth for the real meaning of Love and Family.
The Heavenly Father
Jesus talked about his Father frequently:
Jesus said to her, “…go to my brothers, and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” John 20:17 WEB
“Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many homes. If it weren’t so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there also.” John 14:1-3 WEB
How do we become part of this family? Only through Jesus:
At that time, Jesus answered, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding, and revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight. All things have been delivered to me by my Father. No one knows the Son, except the Father; neither does anyone know the Father, except the Son, and he to whom the Son desires to reveal him. Matthew 11:25-27 WEB
The Father Was Worried
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus I Timothy 2:5 AKJV
We have been taught that God is the holy, remote and wrathful Deity who must destroy the people of this world and bring judgment on them, because of their sin. Preachers tell us judgment was inevitable until Christ Jesus stood between us and God, and made atonement with His own blood. Therefore, God was appeased and man is now allowed into the presence of God, but only if covered with the holy anointing of the blood of Jesus.
There is some truth in this description of the covenant of redemption. However, this stark and somewhat brutal interpretation of man’s condition has left out one important factor; which is the love of God the Father. The truth is, God the Father was very concerned about mankind and did not want them to suffer judgment for their sins. God was intent on finding a way out of this mess.
Did we ask for a Savior? Did we know of the judgment we faced, and if we had known; would we have cared?
No, the one who was worried was God the Father! It was God the Father who searched for a Savior. It was God the Father who turned to His own Son and asked Him to do what was needed. It was a Father and a Son who planned how to rescue the human race and bring redemption to them. The Father wanted it so much, and the Son was willing to give the necessary sacrifice for the sake of his beloved Father.
Yes, a mediator was necessary… But the mediation was initiated by our God who loves us! And, God didn’t even tell us the full extent of the bad news until He already had a solution in the works!
In fact redemption was planned from the very beginning of the world. God gave mankind a free will, knowing that there was the possibility we would mess up and use our free will for bad things. When it happened, God promised Adam and Eve that a redeemer would come. He gave mankind Hope in the same hour that the first sin was committed!
Our redemption may be undeserved, but it is not because we are unlovely or unlovable or unloved. We don’t understand that we are valuable for ourselves, and what is within us is precious to the One who loves us. Jesus did not die on the cross for the sake and glory of His own majesty. Jesus died for two reasons: obedience to the Father and love for the people of His world. Jesus was obedient to the Father; who loved us so much He did not want to lose us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV
One thing needs to be explained: God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are in such complete unity as they work together, that the Bible says they are ONE GOD even though they are three distinctly different persons. Humans are incapable of this kind of perfect unity so we really don’t “get it.” We can’t fathom how this works. It is one of the mysteries of God that we must accept.
It’s a very beautiful mystery; because the unity that exists between the three persons of God is so pure and perfect. This represents goodness on a whole other level from what we know. God must be incredibly good and incredibly perfect, or else such a tight relationship would certainly break down over time. With humans it would break down, for sure.
Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one–God. Mark 10:18 WEB
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. I John 1:5 WEB
Jesus said, “No one is good except one—God.” This statement immediately sets the standard for Good at a very high level indeed. So it is ironic that our own 1-5 rating scale puts “Good” in second place behind “Excellent.” Apparently we know very little about the true meaning of good or evil.
Yet, this good, pure and perfect God wants us to be part of His own loving Family? Yes, we are called to that opportunity, that privilege: to say God is our Father.