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I have some friends who have a teenage daughter we all like to call “A.” While in high school, “A” met a young girl who was in foster care and who needed a new “home.”

 

“A” brought her to her home to meet her parents and…well, now my friends have two daughters instead of just one.

 

Not too long ago, the mother and two girls and I were guests at a bridal shower. As we sat around, chatting and sipping on punch, the adopted daughter was quite animated as she shared with me a funny incident that had recently happened within their home. I noted immediately that as she spoke of my friends, the couple who had taken her in, she called them “Mom” and “Dad.”

 

Welcome to the Family!

 

Just as this young woman, drawn by the love of her new parents, came to the point of calling them by maternal and paternal endearments, we have a Brother who has brought us into the Father’s home…into the Father’s family…and we, too, can call Him “Abba!”

 

This is a concept most of us have heard since we first began reading the Bible. But for the first century Jews, it was not so common. How could one ever suppose to be a part of God’s family? Yet, when Jesus talked of God, He spoke of Him as “Father.”

 

Not just His Father, but our Father.

 

The New Testament Our Father God

 

The first recording we have of God being referred to as “Father” by Jesus is in Matthew’s gospel.

 

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

 

This statement comes after the metaphorical “Salt and Light” instruction He gave to those who were listening to Him preach that day. Only Matthew’s letter refers to God as being the “Father in Heaven” repeatedly. Mark and Luke refer to Him thusly once and John not at all.

 

However, I think the focus is not on where the Father is as much as to whom the Father belongs.

 

Your Father….”

See…it’s personal.

 

What Jesus Said About Our Father