This Sunday, we are going to change from reciting the Apostles Creed to reciting the answer to the first question in the Heidelberg Catechism. You may want to make sure you have a copy of the bulletin if you have not yet memorized this wonderful statement.
It just so happens to be Father’s Day today as well – and so a Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads. The Heidelberg Catechism does a wonderful job extolling the faithfulness of God our Father and the whole Trinity. We are owned by Jesus Christ, who redeemed us. We are preserved by our heavenly Father in such a way that not a hair can fall from our heads outside of His predetermined will. And He has given us His Holy Spirit as our assurance of eternal life with Him.
Our culture is in dire need of father figures. Half of the children in our country will go to bed tonight in a home without a father. Fathers have neglected their calling and their privilege –and so we do not know, as a culture, what it is to be a father or to have a father.
The answer is here. Fatherhood is found here, in the church. And it is as easy as looking to Jesus Christ and you will know what the Father is like – and you will learn what a Father is for.
This land will only come to full repentance when it learns that it needs a Father and that it has a Father. But that will only happen when they come to the Father in the name of His Son – even Jesus Christ.
Come and worship this Father, our God, Who has called you, has provided a way of salvation, has given His Son out of love for you, has and will preserve you and will assure you for the rest of your days of eternal life, eternal redemption, eternal reconciliation with Him. You do have a Father.