For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named (Ephesians 3:14-15)
No Family Like It
The family of God is the most wonderful family on earth. It has a remarkable makeup that is beyond explanation yet it is a blessing that is open to everyone on earth. There are requirements to be part of this family. The relationship is exclusive because of one individual. This is a family of love, a union of joy and a bond that goes beyond time. Found in the family of God is everything man needs, all he seeks and anything worth living for. Nothing can equal it. It creates a world of harmony breaking down nationalities, crossing language barriers and changing enemies into brothers. There is no family like it.
The Father. At the head of the family is the Creator of the world. God Almighty, maker of the world in whose hand the span of the universe lay within His grasp, is a loving Father caring for His children. He is the mightiest of the mighty and nothing is greater than He. In the vast expanse of a universe that puts man on a scale of atomic insignificance our Father knows everything about us. No matter there are six billion people on earth He knows my name, He knows my problems and He cares about every part of my life. His knowledge is perfect of me. There is never a time He does not hear me. He is never too busy, too far or preoccupied that He will listen to all my fears or share in my joys. While our Father is a loving and kind Father He also disciplines. His hand of punishment will come upon me when I disobey because He loves me. That is how He shows His love. Obedience is what the Father desires because He knows what is best in every way. There is no family like this family.
The Son. John the gospel writer mentioned in the closing of his book that if the sky were a parchment it could not contain everything to be written about Jesus Christ. As the song says that even if the oceans were filled with ink to inscribe the story of the Son of God they would run dry before the story is told. The Father loved His family so much He willingly gave His Son to die for the sins of all the world. Jesus left the ivory palaces of glory to come to earth and die a miserable death so that the family of His Father could leave earth and live a marvelous life. The Christ is a powerful story of the Father’s love. His teachings are profound, His life perfection and His sacrifice a moving testimony to the love in the family of the Father. In the family of God Jesus is the older brother who left His footprints of love for His brethren to follow. His inheritance is the inheritance of the family of God. The family of God wear the name of God’s Son. There is no family like this family.
The Children. Long before time began on earth the Father had a plan. The nucleus of God’s scheme was to redeem man to be His special people for His glory. As the history of man unfolded there were great disappointments as God’s creation refused to share in the family of redemption. The day came when God sent His only begotten Son to die for the darkness that invaded man’s soul. When the Light of the world came from the grave on that resurrection morning a new family was given to man where redemption would be found. Saved in Christ the children of God would begin a long procession of saints that have marched the corridors of time sharing in the blessing of being part of the family of God. The whole family in heaven and earth is named for the Son of God. We share in a bond that is like nothing the world can understand. The first day of the week is a time when hearts are brought together in a union of love as the family of God. We share in that sacrifice, we join our hearts in love for one another and we honor our common Father who loves each one of us in a very special way. There is no family on earth like this one.
The Father. The Son. The children. Family.
We can never call one another “brother” until we have learned to call God “Father.” (Fulton J. Sheen, Religion Without God, 1928)