This Year´s Message2017: The Father's Wings

2017: The Father's Wings



The warm embrace of a parent is to be in the place of their intimate presence. It is ultimate intimacy and the deepest form of communion between two family members. The picture portrayed in the very beginning of the Gospels in the Bible is the Son being embraced on the bosom of the Father.

John 1:18

No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is on the bosom of the Father – he did declare [Him].

What a beautiful picture between the Father and the Son. The preceded verses stated that Grace and Truth came via Jesus Christ. In other words, the embrace between the Father and the Son on the Father’s bosom is the origin of His Grace toward Man. It is an open invitation to include you in their intimate presence that you may be embraced on the bosom of the Father as well. It is a call to form the perfect family – the desire of all mankind.

John 17:6

I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

He is Creator to the non-believer; He is Yahweh, Elohim, and Adonai to the Jew. Common man had already known God through all the names mentioned in the Old Testament.

-So what was that name Jesus came to reveal?

Jesus came to reveal a non-judgmental God wanting to embrace you as He embraces His only begotten Son. This is why, to you as a believer in Christ, He came to reveal God as Abba Father or the common English term – Daddy or Poppa.

This time, as we near the end of the Gospels in the Bible, the beautiful picture between the Father and the Son suddenly takes a drastic overturn. Throughout Jesus’s ministry, He revealed God as “My Father” but on the cross, as all of your sin was imparted to His body, Jesus called the Father, “My God” for the first and only time:

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46)

God the Father forsook His only Son and unleashed all curse upon His body to fully pay for your sin. He took your place on the cross, so you would take His place on the bosom of the Father. Now, as the son or daughter that He so loves, you may call Him Abba Father and be under His embrace 24/7/365.

John 17:11-12

“…Holy Father, you have given me your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are. During my time here, I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost…”

As you get to know God as your Father and awaken to His intimate presence in wanting only to embrace you, I believe you will be surrounded by supernatural protection, that even angels have been commanded to keep you in all your ways.

During the ministry of Jesus, the disciples were unharmed. Of the eleven who trusted in the Lord, not one was lost. No bolstering wave could drown them; no Pharisee could outwit and condemn them, no temptation could overcome them; no disease could touch them; no Roman soldier could lay a hand on them. They were the Untouchables!

However, many years after the resurrection of Jesus, according to historians, many of the apostles came to suffer persecutions and violent deaths. The only one to live continually under the prayer of Jesus was John. John lived a long life and died a peaceful death. John is known as the writer of the Gospel of John, where Jesus’s prayer is recorded. Furthermore, John was also the writer of First Epistle of John, where the Father’s love is clearly portrayed. This comes to show that John lived his life with a sense of being embraced by the Father’s love.

John 17:26

And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.

Align yourself with the prayer of Jesus and declare the power of His name, you who has received the Spirit of Sonship by which you cry out to God – Abba Father! When you declare the power of His name to address God, by faith, the love by which He loves Jesus will also be in your heart to embrace you and protect you from all evil.

Psalms 36:7

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.

In the Old Testament none had the privilege to call God, Father. David, the best of them in the Old Testament, only went so far as Elohim, which is the original word for God in the Hebrew in this verse. Notice, David was only a child of man, but not of God. He needed to trust that he remained under the shadow of God’s wing, but it was always an uncertainty. 

But you, as a precious righteous child of God in Christ, are under the shadow of the Father’s wings continually, the place of uttermost protection. Know Him as Father, practice His intimate presence, and discover how much He loves Jesus, because He gave Him up for you.

Declare: “God, you’re my Abba Father. Thank you for loving me as You love Your Son, Jesus.”


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Mark 13:4-5

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Meet the unadulterated Jesus. It is to the surprise of many to know that Jesus came to serve you out of His extravagant love for you. Contrary to all other religions’ deities, Jesus laid aside all His God attribute and became a man, born of a virgin in order to give his life a ransom for you. Yes, we worship Jesus as the Son of God and we magnify His holy name. There is no doubt that He is our Lord and Savior, but His whole life, His heart today is in serving you. The perfect work of Jesus is all about 100% God turning into 100% man to serve you by loving you, protecting you, forgiving you, blessing you, healing you, providing for you, and revealing Himself to you. Until you realize that you can never offer anything to God but receive all His perfect love by allowing Him to serve you, you will always see Jesus as just another dead shrine of religion.


John 13:4-5

Jesus “rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.”


-Joyner, for the love of God, how can you say that Jesus is our servant? Don't you know that He is holy! It is we who must serve Him! I am His servant!


This reminds me of a similar answer Peter gave Jesus:


“You shall never wash my feet!” – Peter exclaimed.


“If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” – Jesus answered.”


“Lord, then wash not only my feet but also my hands and my head!” – Peter replied.



My amigo, it is imperative that you see Jesus as your servant because failure to see Him as your servant is failure to see Him at all. I say it with most reverence towards our Lord Jesus Christ, so please don't misunderstand me; I am not saying that our humanity is above Jesus. A thousand times No! However, seeing Jesus as the compassionate God that He is in wanting to serve you will lead you into true worship and turn you into a true worshiper. When you see Jesus as your servant, you are actually making Him the Savior that He is in your personal life. He is still into the saving business!


John 13:10

Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”


Notice that only those who are bathed only need to wash their feet. Jesus is explaining that you, as a believer in Christ, are already completely clean in Him by the washing of the blood! In other words, you have been forgiven of all your past, present, and future sins through His blood, and has imparted to you His eternal righteousness through His resurrection. You are the righteousness of God in Christ! Hallelujah!


-But why the feet, then?


The feet symbolize our daily walk with Jesus. As a believer in Christ, you cannot lose fellowship with God but there are still things in this world that could keep your life in a defeated state. This is why you need the washing of the Word.


Ephesians 5:26

…that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.


But make sure you are rightly dividing the Word via the lens of the finished work of Christ. The Bible says the Word has two edges. By listening to messages filled with the Gospel of Grace you are actually washing your feet. Receiving messages that continually refresh your memory about being the righteousness of God in Christ by faith and not by works, and keep you focused on the perfect work of Jesus, will keep your life hopeful and confident of God's goodness in your life. You will have strength in the days to come to overcome every obstacle that comes your way. You will have an established heart and be a poised and confident person. It will keep you healthy and young. Last but not least, you will become a true worshiper of Jesus. True humility is allowing Jesus to wash your feet, rather than living your life trying to wash Jesus feet. Receive His unmerited favor today!


By Joyner Briceño

 

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