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Jesus came to make up what was lacking in our view of God. He had much to say about God – more than about any other subject. He called God, Father:
… I ascend unto My Father, and your Father … (John 20:17).
Jesus pictures God as a compassionate Father. Such is the teaching of the parable of the Prodigal. Not the son, but the father, is the central figure of that matchless picture. Then there is the parable of the Lost Sheep. Not the sheep, but the shepherd, is the chief character of that touching drama. Put these two parables into one, and we have a God represented not only as going out to meet the lost one, but going into the mountains of the far country and seeking him with eager heart and aching arms. This is Jesus’ idea of God.
The last, the least, the lost, are ever Jesus’ favorite words.
The last shall be first.
Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren.
The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
The life of Jesus is God’s invitation to man to think of Him as a Father. Everything He is and says and does beckons us God-ward.
Charles Carroll Albertson (1865-1959)
The Distinctive Ideas of Jesus (1914), pages 24-25, 30
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