“If you want to re-encounter Christ’s Passion Week with fresh passion for him, you must read Jim Essian’s careful, incisive, gospel-rich examination of Christ’s passion for you.”
— Jared C. Wilson, Author
Was your father generous, gentle, and gracious?
Your Heavenly Father is. The problem is that we see the Father through our earthly father. We are all given lenses at some point in our childhood, and we still wear them even as we begin to parent our own children. The lenses gray our understanding of the Father. Who is He? What does He think of me? Does He accept me? Is He proud of me? What does He want from me?
Herein lies the beauty of the gospel: In Christ, our lenses are removed so we can clearly see the Father, and, in Christ, the Father puts on lenses and sees us through His perfect Son!
This means that in the Gospel we can see what the Father is like. God the Father not only exemplifies fatherhood, but He empowers us in the Gospel to father like Him. If we can see the Father, we can image the father to our children.
So what is the Father like?
Let’s remove the lenses and see.
“J.I. Packer sums it up well when he says, “If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.” As a dad, it’s humbling to think that before my kids know and understand God has the Father, they will know and understand me as their father. Like Father, Like Sons is practical, winsome, straightforward, and saturated with the good news of the Gospel.” —Rodney Hobbs, Pastor