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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

5/11/11 John 8:19,20 How to Find the Father

19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.

(Jesus teaching in the Temple Tissot)

Thoughts: Not having a father in those days was seen as a curse.  Sometimes the father wouldn't claim the son.  To be without a father at that time meant struggle and poverty.  Jesus' reply was that they did not know who they were accusing.  Jesus was not fatherless, He had the greatest Father of all in God.  Jesus also replied if they could not even recognize their own Messiah, it meant they had blinded themselves to God Himself- for He and the Father were one.  If you want to find the Father, then you must look at the One who reveals Him- the Son.

Prayer: May we see the Father working in you, Jesus. May we grow in knowledge and trust in you.

John Calvin Abridged: Their question to Jesus was mocking, not believing what Christ had said about his heavenly Father.  Too many despise Christ today because they do not recognize from where He comes.  They inquired about the Father, but they had the Son before their eyes.  Seeing they did not see. How can anyone ascend on high to God unless they are raised by the hand of His Son?  Whoever desires to know God but does not start with Christ will wander as in a labyrinth. 

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