When it came time for God to send His Son to save the world, first He sent a prophet to get us ready. By doing what? What would need to be done to get a people ready to receive the Son of the the Creator, ready to fully profit from His coming?
You might think the prophet would take them on spiritual retreats to fast and pray on the top of a mountain. Perhaps a lot of humming and incense would be involved. But, according to the last thing written in the Old Testament and the first thing in the New Testament, proclaimed by an angel to the father of this prophet, a major part of what he would do would be:
“… to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” (Luke 1:17b, quoting from Malachi 4:6)
That seems a pretty basic thing to do to prepare people for God’s arrival. And it is. But, as we have experienced in the last several decades, the health and strength of a people is directly proportional to the loving concern of fathers for their children. And vice versa. When fathers abandon their children, even emotionally, the whole sound structure of wellbeing begins to crumble.
Jesus came to bring us eternal life and reconciliation with God. He came to bring the power of the Holy Spirit to us. But He also came to repair the broken fabric of how simple, healthy life on earth was designed to be lived. Starting, even before He showed up, with fathers.
We’d do well to pay attention to that and act accordingly…