“I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”
(John 16:25-27 ESV)
I love it! That is awesome. Truly to understand what Jesus is talking about here it’s best to read the entire chapter, but this verses above cut to the chase, if you will. Jesus is speaking to His disciples about His leaving them. He is also in the midst of letting them know that they are no longer His students, but His friends. And this friendship with Jesus, this closeness to Him, is going to garner them access to their Father in heaven. They are not going to have to go through Jesus in their prayers but can go right to the source of all things.
This is huge. We’ve already established that Jesus is God but in this Trinitarian chapter of John’s Gospel, we see Him deferring to the Father. And yet He is the Way to the Father. We are given access through our relationship with Jesus. Because of our faith in Jesus, the throne room is open to us.
This is exciting and scary at the same time. I mean, it doesn’t get and scarier than being before the throne of the One who created all things even though we know that He loves us. Even though we know that and that our sins are covered by Jesus and that the Son Himself opened the doors to the throne for us and that our Father Himself has extended His invitation to us, we can’t help but empathize with Ester.
But still……Is that not amazing too? Who wouldn’t go see the Queen of England if given an open invitation? If for no other reason just to say you did, right? How much more should we not head to the Father’s throne since we really do have that open invite?
Of course, first we need to work on that all important relationship with Jesus which is why this message doesn’t come until the end of Jesus’ ministry on earth. He’s telling his disciples this and that’s who we need to be. We need to be in an intimate relationship with Jesus; one in which we truly love Him and know Him for who he really is: the Son of God, God, our brother and best friend.
That’s how we get to Know the Father too. It’s like the way I know my son’s friends. We can just talk because I know them through of their relationships with my son. It took time with the Son to build that kind of relationship with Him and to truly understand who He was. Once the disciples got it, they then were welcomed wholeheartedly by the Father.
The same is true today. Once we get who Christ Jesus is and have that personal relationship with Him, we find that we have a personal relationship with the Father as well and then we can ask Him for our hearts’ desires which, in His presence, can hardly be anything but His will for our lives and the wherewithal to accomplish it. AMEN?