I enjoy learning from the masters. The way that I see it, why should I have to learn from the painful beginning when others have paid the price on the behalf of others? The Solutionaries who possess this hard earned wisdom are eager to share their education, experience, and ethical understandings. The rest of us should be ready to absorb this fountain of information.
One such Master lived over two thousand years ago; leaving behind his wisdom of truth which did not only survive but thrives through the centuries with as much power as it had when the words were first spoken. One such lesson can act as a guide to the sons of their father. As with each of His lessons, there can be multiple interpretations so as we celebrate our earthly fathers let’s focus on this area of application.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where [I] am going you know the way.”
Jesus is explaining to his apostles the earthy process of finding their way to their heavenly reward. Instilling the image of a loving father, He builds on the facts that when you revere the faith that we have in our fathers, that faith should grow in the persona of his child. What a good father possesses will be shared by the children. More so, the relationship between a father and his child is one that should reside with an open invitation of belonging.
Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
In these passages he uses the Power of the Wisdom of Three to make clear the solution to a very important problem. The apostles wanted to be with Jesus in Heaven but they still did not clearly see the way. Expanding on the analogy of a good father, Jesus spells out that as a child grows in the ways of his father, through time he too becomes the father; believing what he believes, knowing what he knows, and loving what he loves. A critical role of every father is to teach their children in the truths of this life.
Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”
Just as a good father and mother are the creators of a positive life, the father takes on the responsibility as the head of the family unit. When the children live past the earthly lives of their parents; it is the children who are viewed as living embodiments of their father and mother. As we age, we physically become our parents. If we do our part in honoring their legacy we can far exceed the good that they accomplished leaving our own legacy to our children.
Heaven is reached through a happy, healthy, and loving family environment. This truth is supported by the fourth commandment, Honor thy Father and Mother.
If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”