Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name....
“Father” How often this word was upon the Saviour’s lips! His first recorded utterance was, “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” In what was probably His first formal discourse – the Sermon on the Mount – He speaks of the “Father” seventeen times. While in His final discourse to the disciples (John 14-16) the word “Father” is found no less than forty-five times! In the next chapter, John 17, which contains what is known as Christ’s great high priestly prayer, He speaks to and of the Father six times more. And now the last time He speaks ere He lays down his life, He says again, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.”
And how blessed it is that His Father is our Father! Ours because His. How wonderful this is! How unspeakably precious that I can look up to the great and living God and say, “Father” my Father! What comfort is contained in this title! What assurance it conveys! God is my Father, then He loves me, loves me as He loves Christ Himself. God is my Father and loves me, then He careth for me. God is my Father and careth for me, then He will supply all my need. God is my Father, then He will see to it that no harm betide me, yea, that all things shall be made to work together for my good. O that His children entered more deeply and practically into the blessedness of this relationship, then would they joyfully exclaim with the apostle, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should called the sons of God”