Seven Things Jesus Prayed For Us : 2. That We Would Know Our Heavenly Father.
“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known..’ John 17:25 (ESV)
We have all witnessed the emotional father and child reunions as military fathers return from overseas. The joy of seeing a parent reunited with a child is deeply moving.
The biggest need of every human is to know their Heavenly Father. Eternal life flows from knowing God (John 17:3). For thousands of years He has been misrepresented, blamed, feared and misunderstood. You can almost feel the pain of this, as Jesus prayed:
‘Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You.’
Jesus came to bring life to us by revealing the Father. He manifest the Father’s love, His forgiveness, power and righteousness. When Jesus reached out to the crippled, it was the Father reaching out: when he forgave the sinner, it was the Father forgiving the sinner. Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” (John 14:9).
The more we come to know the Father, the more we can grow as His child and the more we can experience the life he has for us.