Who is God?
Our church recently started a series to explore the deeper meaning in the Lord's Prayer. The first couple lines of that prayer are,
"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name."
When Jesus is sharing how to pray with his disciples, his first part is to acknowledge God, who he is and where he is.
So who is God? God is way more than I can fit in a short email message, but I will try to scratch the surface. First, God is God. Simple and obvious, I know. But that is first. God is God. That means God has control over my life. It means that he is the object of my worship and affection. I acknowledge that he has the power to create life and destroy it.
Secondly, God is a parent. But he's not just my parent or Jesus's parent, he is our parent. By stating that God is a father to all of us, we are saying that we are all one family. So by acknowledging God as our father, we acknowledge each other as brothers and sisters. We look out for one another just as God looks out for us. Jesus even said that God takes care of the flowers of the field and the sparrows of the sky, so how much more will he look after us?
Thirdly, God is a heavenly being, meaning he is not on Earth. Why is that important? Well, at the time, the majority of people worshipped multiple gods and their statues. This was the age where many of the leaders were considered divine, such