For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” Eph. 3:14-15
One of the most important revelations you can ever have as a believer about/of God is the amazing fact that He is your Father! He maybe a God or the great Creator to the world, a Jehovah to the Jews but He is a Father to us. Jesus, the express image of God to the earth called Him Father several times in the four gospels. “Father” was Jesus’ favourite term for addressing God. It was altogether strange to those who heard Him refer to God as Father, in fact at some point the Jews sought to kill Him for this same reason (Jn. 5:18). Until this moment in history, every other person called Him God, from the priests to the kings and the prophets! The Gospel according to John alone recorded the account of Jesus calling God “my Father” and “the Father” 103 times, chapter 14 only has 20 mentions! Jesus introduced the Fatherhood of God to the world. He came to reveal God the Father to us. Jesus taught His disciples to pray this way “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name…” (Matt. 6:9). He affectionately informed that “…the Father Himself loveth you…” (Jn. 16:27). He boldly proclaimed at the tomb of Lazarus for all who were present to hear “Father, I thank You that you have heard me…” (Jn. 11:41). After His resurrection, He appeared to Mary who was worried about where they had kept His body “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God” (Jn. 20:17). Jesus chose to call Him Father!
The Greek word translated to “father” is “pater”. It carries a connotation of one who is the source, the originator, one who nourishes and nurtures. Over the years, men have invented their own words or ways by which they refer or defer to God! But we must choose to stick to what we have read or heard Jesus call Him. Don’t try to look for some mysterious names in your dialect to call Him. In my Nigerian local dialect, Yoruba to be precise, God is often called some names that you begin to wonder, do these names or terminologies make any sense at all? E.g. Oyigiyigi, alapa nla, opomulero, aseda, asewa etc. Some of these descriptive names sound like incantations made to some little lifeless gods by ignorant idol worshippers. Let’s not reduce God to our human or cultural perceptions. Keep it simple! The less is more! God is okay by you calling Him what Jesus called Him! Let’s stop these emotional tantrums that we refer to as praise to God. He doesn’t even want us to see Him in the light of certain miraculous interventions we’ve received from Him. Miracles don’t define Him! He loves the eternal relationship He has established for us in His Son, Christ Jesus. He is our Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Cor. 1:9).
Lift up your hands today and simply call Him Father! My Father! Our Father! The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Praise God!