A Good Father

In anticipation of Father’s Day, I decided to do a little Biblical research on the subject of “fathers”. Being the details person that I am, I normally start by tallying up how many times a particular word occurs in the the Bible. Not surprisingly we find an extremely high number of occurrences of the word “father” throughout God’s Holy Word.

The word “father” occurs a total of 843 times throughout the entire Bible. 530 of those times in the Old Testament and 313 in the New. Of those 313 times in our New Testament, the word “father” appears 213 times in the four books of the Gospels out of the 27 books of the New Testament which accounts for approximately two-thirds of the incidences. Finally, of the 213 times the word “father” appears in the Gospels, 107 of those times (one more than half) occurs in the Gospel of John alone.

The Gospel of John gives us a very unique insight into the life and relationship of God the Father to Jesus, His only begotten Son. Offered here are a few verses to meditate upon this Father’s Day to help us achieve the best possible understanding of the most perfect father/child relationship there has ever been.

In John 1:14 it is recorded, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” A good father possesses a type of glory that his child can bask in and be proud of. A special type of parental glory that imparts truth and mercy to his child so that the child may, in learning by example, demonstrate truth and mercy to others.

John 3:35 Jesus said, “The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.” Jesus knew innately that He was deeply loved by His Father. Good fathers should always let their children know how much they dearly love them from their youngest to their oldest of their days together.

John 5:20 again Jesus says that He is loved by His Father and more, “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; …” There were no secrets in the workings and will of the Father to His Son. A good father will share, confide, divulge and confess the sincerity of his feelings and his own humanity to his children in order to forge trust and confidence between them.

John 8:29 our Lord said, “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” A good father will let his children know that regardless of what happens in life, nothing could ever stop him from loving them. To the best of his ability he should instill the desire in a child to try to please him, but not out of fear of punishment or failure or selfish pride but out of a perfect love that casts out all fear and fashions a life of service in love.

John 10:30 the Master make a profound statement when He said, “I and My Father are one.” This affirmation is the epitome of a complete physical, mental and spiritual relationship between a father and child. A relationship so intense and full that the measure of which can only be described as the “Two are One”. One in essence. One in Spirit. One in truth. We will only be able to begin to appreciate such a relationship once we are with our Lord in Heaven to meet Him and the Father face to face.

Now I am certain that you many be thinking to yourself, “I can never be that good of a father.” and each of us would be correct to reason so for none of us have lived perfect lives but merely have done the best we could as we grow up while our children grew up. Still, by meditating on these examples perhaps we can improve the parental track record with our children regardless if they are five or fifty years old.

One last verse in parting if I may, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” John 4:23. Is now the hour we will all begin worshiping the Father in spirit and truth and thereby become better fathers ourselves. I pray so.

Happy Father’s Day!