2010-04-05 - Parental Lessons from Nameless Dads
The Good, the Bad, and the Godly ~ Part 10
What about Judas Iscariot, the criminal on the cross, those soldiers who mocked Jesus? They had a front seat to Jesus' betrayal, death, and Resurrection - and yet they failed to see Jesus for who He really is. Surely they weren't always consumed with deceit, meanness, or greed. Were their parents ever proud of them? We never learn who their fathers are, and yet we know they had one.
Our heavenly Father loves us. Loved us enough to send His son to die in our place, just so that we can have a chance at eternal life and a relationship with Him. That statement may be easy for me to type, but it is harder to come to terms with being loved that much.
Easter is a time to celebrate and be thankful for this new life. It gives us hope, if others we know aren't following after the Lord yet.
I am thankful I don't have a nameless father, here on Earth or in Heaven. I know I have disappointed both fathers at times, but my Heavenly father, knowing everything about me (things my earthly father doesn't) sees me as successful. He doesn't remind me of my faults, but encourages me to strive ahead. "Do you not know that in a race, all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
This Easter, I pray we may not take the day too lightly. May we have time to reflect on the significance of Jesus' death and resurrection.
Thank You, Lord, that I am not nameless to You.(Psalm 139:13)