This Father's Day Featured

Written by  Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:01

Father’s Day is this Sunday in the U.S. Some of you have plans with Dad, others may make a phone call, and then there are those who have mixed feelings or totally resent the day all together. Wherever you are at, please allow me to encourage you with turning our focus to how God views us. I love my dad. No matter how much my dad and I disagree or frustrate each other, I have a longing to be with my dad. I have a want to be validated by him, but there is nothing I can do to get that from him. It must be his choice to validate me. Stick with me here. In the scriptures, Jesus was validated twice by his Father: After Jesus was baptized and the transfiguration.

Matthew 3:16-17: As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Matthew 17:1-5: After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters--one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

God chose to validate his son not once, but twice. The scriptures prove Jesus is who he claims to be, the Son of God. If Jesus is the Son of God, and we are the children of God, then we have been validated by God too!

1 John 3:1-2: See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Can you imagine the joy and peace Jesus felt to hear his Father say, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased? This is how God feels about us. This is why the apostle Paul was able to say, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). God has validated us in Christ. There are so many worries that keep us from accepting this truth. This Father’s Day, remember your Father in heaven. Remember that you are his, and rest in the hope that one day Christ will appear and we shall be like him.

If you would like to share how you feel validated by God or validated by your father, please email me, Chad Billman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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