Jesus said, “Father…”

Jesus was only able to request forgiveness because He was in a close intimate relationship with His Heavenly Father. It is by no accident that Jesus used this term. In his day, most people approached God as all powerful, majestic, all-knowing, in charge, and all of those things are true. But Jesus took it a step further. He approached God as his loving, caring, trustworthy … Father. When he taught his disciples to pray, he started with, “Our Father…”

In Aramaic, the language of the Jews at the time, the word for “Father” meant, “Daddy” or “Papa.” It was an affectionate word, a word of trust. When Jesus was dying, he first expressed prayer to his Father. He asked his Father to forgive.

Luke 23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided his clothes and cast lots.

When we find ourselves faced with a situation that overwhelmes us, we long to take the situation to our Father. Maybe you had a less-than-ideal father on earth, but God is not like that. God is the perfect parent, always loving and affirming, even in His discipline. Your Heavenly Father will help you do what you cannot do alone. God your Father will help you to forgive the unforgivable. Come to him first. Ask for his help.

Jesus models forgiving the unforgivable as he prays for forgiveness from the cross. As we recognize that he is praying for us, and that we are no better off than those we need to forgive, we gain the power to draw on the Father’s love to forgive others.

By | 2018-02-25T18:25:16+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: 7 Final Words, All|Tags: , |

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Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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