Bewildered and distressed, standing beside the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene did not recognize Jesus. But when she did, He spoke these words:
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17)
I got curious about His wording, the “my Father and your Father and to my God and your God” business. Why did He say it like that? Looking back through John’s Gospel, I discovered he never quoted Jesus talking about God in that inclusive way. Matthew quotes Jesus saying “our Father’ and “your Father,” but, for John, Jesus always said, “my Father” or “the Father.” That is, until after He had been resurrected. Then, He said His Father is theirs, too. His God is ours. Yours. Jesus’ work on the cross opened the way for that connection to be established solidly and eternally for all who believe Him and receive it. As John wrote in his first chapter,
“Yet to all who did receive Him [Jesus], to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God…” (John 1:12)
By his wording, I think John is aware we cannot truly become children of God until Jesus’ work of atonement for sin was done. And now, after the resurrection of Jesus, God is able to receive us as His own, as children in His family.
Think about those possessive pronouns. He is your Father, your God. Consider how much it means to have the Creator and All-Powerful God of the universe declare Himself to be yours. Your Father. Fathers are fathers forever. Good fathers love, protect, provide, guide and nurture. Almighty God is the perfect father.
And, if you will receive Him through faith in Jesus, He is yours.
Billly. Graham is seeing
His father face to face. What joy! And so will we!!!!!! He is the prodigal son totally forgivel
And loved. So are we!!!!!
As always, Tom, thanks for these thoughts. I love getting a boost during the week. Much love, Connie