“I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” John 16:25-28
Jesus was bringing a radical change in the way the Jewish people related to God. Since the time of the exudes Israel had the priests between them and God. The priests did the sacrifices for the people and only the high priest could go into the Holy of Holies once each year. The people were kept at a distance from God. For them God was not personal.
Then along comes Jesus call God Father and having His disciples pray to God directly also calling God Father. In fact Jesus called God Abba, the Arabic equivalent of daddy. In today’s verses Jesus is telling the disciples that God loves them and they do not need for Jesus to pray for them but they can pray to God directly. The concept of being able to directly talk to God seems to be hard for many to accept not just first century Jews.
Even today we have priests. Pastors and ministers who want to be an intermediary between God and their flock. People pray to saints and angels rather than directly to God. It is as if they feel they are not worthy to talk to God and need someone better than they are to get their needs across to God or maybe translate their needs in a more eloquent manner than they can.
God does not want to hear from us secondhand, He wants to talk with us directly. He doesn’t need eloquent words just sincere words. I believe that God would rather hear a sincere tow sentence prayer than an eloquent monologue from a secondhand source or worse yet someone going through the motions. And when we can’t get the words out, the Holy Spirit is there to translate our moaning and groaning for us.
God does not need us to tell Him what we need, He already knows that. He wants us to come to Him, to have a relationship with Him. He wants us to call him Daddy. There is no problem too large or too small for God. He cares for us and He cares about what worries us.
Among the many radical ideas Jesus brought the world was that God wants a personal relationship with each and every one of us. He is not some distant god who makes arbitrary decisions and is unapproachable, who cares little for his creation. No, Jesus showed us a loving God. One that cares deeply for each and every person. One that loves us so much that He came down to earth, took on human form and allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross to die in payment for our sins and then rise again to insure eternal life for anyone who believe and calls on Him. That is a radical idea that I can live with, in fact it is one I can live with for all eternity.
Have a blessed day,