This word is a sometimes call that most fathers will discover can produce a plethora of emotions.
Sometimes it is a most welcome call; but sometimes it isn’t. A new and excited father probably welcomes it for what it is—a way to celebrate the gift of life and fatherhood in a newborn baby. But when a teenager calls with news that he has had an accident, or a young family man calls to inform Grandpa there has been some tragedy or emergency in the younger household it can bring other emotions.
When Saint Paul wrote “Abba, Father” he was actually saying, “Dad!” When we call out to our God—in joy and thanksgiving, in celebration, or in desperation and need—we do the same because we know and love His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus purchased and won us from the power of sin and the threat of death. In Jesus we are freed from the threats of Satan and hell itself. Jesus suffered and died on Calvary’s cross in perfect payment for our sins. The Holy Spirit, through Word and Sacraments, emboldens us to stand steadfast and faithful to God in good times and evil because He reminds us of the cross-bought salvation bought and paid for through Jesus Christ and His suffering and death. The Spirit also assures us of Jesus’ resurrection and glorious ascension into heaven. There Jesus is now preparing everlasting homes for all who love and trust in Him for life and salvation. This is exactly what Paul wrote about in our reading: “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
So, we pray: Lord God Almighty—Dad—give us faith to know and do Your will, believe and obey Your Word of promise , and trust Your gracious promises always. In Jesus’ name. Amen.