Good morning. It is Monday, May 2, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.
Most of us are now out of tax season. We either paid taxes owed or have a refund coming to us. Maybe we broke even, but one thing is for sure “in this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”
Do you know who is credited with saying that?
I was under the impression that it was Benjamin Franklin, and he did. In a letter to Jean-Baptiste Le Roy, an 18th-century French physicist, Ben wrote “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
But it goes back further than that.
The answer is Christopher Bullock in the comedy play The Cobbler of Preston.
Life is full of unknowns. For instance, I have no idea what I will fix for dinner for myself tonight. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We never know what joy or sorrow is waiting for us just around the corner, but one thing that is certain, aside from death and taxes, is a loving Father.
So many people look at Jesus as the caring one and the Father as the harsh one, but Jesus said If you have seen me, you have seen my Father.
One of my favorite pieces of scripture is from John 14. I have mentioned it before. I learned it as a child, and I recite it often.
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions (or dwellings); if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” John 14:1-4 NKJV
But it is verses 5-9 that give us a much clearer picture of the Father.
“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
And here it is. The Father revealed!
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” NKJV
God the Father and God the Son are one in their matchless love for us.
I spoke at Sonrise church this past weekend and we ended by reciting together John 3:16. I am guessing this verse is the most well-known verse in the world. You even see it at football games.
But look at the first 6 words! “For God so loved the world.”
Who? God. God the Father.
Have you ever thought of the Father as being full of grace? We are told He is full of grace and truth.
“And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NKJV
The one thing we can be sure of, surer than death or taxes, is that our Heavenly Father loves us. He wants us to be saved. He sent His son, to offer us the gift of eternal life. We can have peace with the Father.
Romans 5:1 “…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” NKJV
John 17:21-26 is such a beautiful picture of the heart of Jesus as He prays for ALL believers. Jesus is speaking to His Father. He is asking His Father to allow us to be with Him for eternity.
"that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
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.”
The one thing we can be sure of, surer than death or taxes, is that our God, God the Father, loves us! Do you know? Do you believe?
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:16 ESV