“God is love” is what we are told as children at church or in Sunday schools. As a child, it was easy to believe the God who created the heavens and the earth is able to love us unconditionally. It was easy to believe that the darkness stepped away so light may shine by His word alone, that He is an artist who painted the fruit and the flower in bright shades, that he taught the birds to sing and the fish to swim and spotted the leopard. That the Almighty put his breath in clay creatures and gifted all His beautiful creations to these new beings. As a child it is easier to grasp the heart of God who walked through Eden with Adam and Eve in the cool evening He created.
Yet as we grow older and begin to see the world around us, we start to see the inadequacies in us, we start to see the distance between heaven and earth is still shorter than the distance we need to cover to be worthy of God’s love. We start to imagine a God who puts great expectations over the weak and wandering hearts of people who usually partake of the forbidden repeatedly. We imagine a God who frowns and sighs at how far his clay creatures (mankind) have fallen. We know His eyes burn through our skin and muscle and bone straight into the heart of us and as He surveys all the ways we are screwed up, we fear, we worry, we doubt that He can love us.
We forget to see that He is a God who scattered sunlight into seven colours in the heart of a raindrop just to promise Himself not to be severe with His creation as the Noah’s ark lay nestled and empty on mount Ararat (Genesis 9: 12-16). We fail to see the heart of the author of history who veiled the Holy place and yet as His body still lay nailed to the cross, the veil tore apart to reveal His desire to walk among us once again.
God is Holy and God is love.
The mission of Christ was to reveal the Heart of His Father once again to the mankind. Jesus proclaims, “…no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Mathew 11:26). He further say’s “ No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
In John 17:23 Jesus prays to the Father that “they (those who believe in Him) may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me…. and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”
Jesus taught mankind that through Him, Adonai becomes Abba. Adonai means Lord and Master while Abba is Jesus, the Son’s intimate child-like name for God the Father… equivalent of “Papa” or “Daddy” or even a very personal and possessive “MY Father”.
Jesus says “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.”(John 17:26).
Once when His disciples were busy keeping little children away from Jesus for they thought the kids may bother Him. Mark gets colourful in his description of how Jesus responded. “He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for the Kingdom of God belongs to them15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:14-16)
And that’s the Heart of our Father who is never too busy to hold us and pour affection and blessings upon His children. All we need to do is trust and run to Him as a child for He will take us into his arm and bless us.