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God the Father: The God at work

Devotional reflections on the nature of God the Father in John's gospel


Scripture

This morning's full reading can be found here.
'But Jesus answered them, 'My Father is working until now, and I am working.' -- John 5:17 Observation

In order for us to understand what Jesus is saying here about the Father we need to read the verse within its context, the healing of the man at Bethesda. It's a curious thing. Often Jesus references 'the one who sent me', and sometimes he'll mention just plain old 'God' or 'the Lord'. What is it, I wonder, that causes Jesus at any given moment to use the word Father when describing and discussing God instead of one of the alternative words?

So far in John's gospel it seems that Father is used whenever a point is being made about the level of familiarity and intimacy that exists between Jesus and God. It's when Jesus wants to make the point that his heart and God's heart are united on an issue t…

God the Father & the woman at the well

devotional studies on the Father from John's gospel

John 4. There are several references to the Father in this one story:
'Jesus said to her 'woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.' 4:21 'the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.' 4:23 There is so much to be said here. Three times in four short verses the Father is mentioned. The flow of conversation suggests that Jesus' first mention of the Father relates to the woman's talk of ancestors; 'Our fathers worshipped on this mountain' she says.

This statement of hers is a 'I'm just doing what was handed to me from my people...' ie firstly if this is wrong, it's not my fault and secondly the higher powers (of my people and the past) decide who we are and what we do.

Jesus' reply to these s…