‘Hang on, Jesus!’ they must have thought. ‘Only special people, the priests, can find God’s presence in the Holy Place in our Temple. Only the High Priest can go into the Most Holy Place – and that’s once a year! Are you really saying we can get close to God, speak to Him intimately, know His love and care as sons and daughters?’
‘Yes,’ Jesus would have said. He even called God ‘dad’ (‘Abba’ in His native language). Well! That really was shocking!
Jesus came to reconcile us to the Father, and so much springs from this: being children makes us brothers and sisters. We need to be confident and secure in our sonship.
Discussion: Put your heads together and make a list of all the things a good father should be. Can we say God is all these things? How do we get on relating to God as ‘our father’, or ‘dad’?
Read the story Jesus told of the loving father and his two sons (Luke 15:11-32). Talk about which of the sons you’re most like, and why. How would the father really have liked his older son to think and behave?
Scripture refs: Matthew 6:9-15, John 1:9-13, Galatians 4:4-7, 1 John 3:1 Wednesday 6 to Tuesday 12 April 2016 Download this post as a pdf