God is called by several names and metaphors in the Bible, but the one that Jesus used most often was the name “Father.” He called God “Father” many times in the gospels. His first recorded words were when he was twelve years old and He said to Joseph and Mary, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49). In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me” (Matthew 26:39). While hanging on the cross, Jesus said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). When He rose from the dead, He instructed Mary to tell the other disciples, “I ascend to my Father” (John 20:17). He told them, “as the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). Later, when they asked when the kingdom would come, Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know times or periods which the Father has fixed by His own authority” (Acts 1:7).
Jesus also taught us to call God “Father.” What we know as the Lord’s prayer begins with, “Our Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). The apostle Paul wrote that we can cry out to God saying, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6). “Abba” is an Aramaic word that carries the same meaning as our English word “daddy.” “Father” and “Abba” speak of closeness, affection, connection, intimacy, protection, safety, guidance, and direction—everything God gives to His people.
According to the Bible, the only way that God can be your Father is through faith in Jesus Christ. “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27). John says, “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are” (I John 3:1). Are you a child of God? If so, pledge today to live accordingly. If you haven’t yet made that decision, today is a good day to believe in Christ, be baptized, and begin a new life with God as your heavenly Father.