“In that day, you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”-John 16:26-27
Sometimes, believers tend to think of the Father and the Son as having different personalities, imagining the be Son to present, gracious, and engaged. He is mysterious, but inviting. He is a guy we want to be around.
On the other hand, the Father often seems distant and intimidating. We suspect that he sits on a throne shaking his head disappointedly every time we say or do something that reveals our fallen nature. We expect judgment from him. Jesus seems much more approachable than the Father.
In truth, we don’t need Jesus to be our go between when we pray. We don’t need to nervously whisper, “Jesus, go ask your dad.” God, the Father, loves us beyond our wildest imaginations. Jesus told us that with the same freedom we approach him, we can approach the Father. In fact, the Father is wild about us.
Jesus, I am so thankful for your words to the disciples. You help me to see love, from you and from the Father. May I, by your Spirit, bask in the loving flow of grace that flows from your throne. Amen.