Do parents ever stop being parents once their kids leave home? The answer is pretty obvious. On the other side of the spectrum there’s no such thing as an ex-mother or ex-father for children whose parents filed for divorce.
Speaking of which – here is another oxymoron: God can’t be our Ex-Creator. He did the job, He created us, and He assumes His parental responsibilities like no other parent.
Throughout the centuries our Heavenly Father has suffered with us as we built our world, repeatedly bruised our conscience, struggled, battled, and fought for the things we believed in, with brilliant minds achieving unthinkable progress and mind-boggling inventions. – But at the end of the day, humans could never achieve world peace.
To this day we’re struggling to keep our blue planet in one piece.
So, God went to work. Not unlike a skilled mechanic lying underneath a car figuring out what is wrong, God got down to the nitty-gritty and literally lived the human experience: He was born a baby and grew up to be the Son of Man, “Son of Man” being the favorite way Jesus referred to Himself. The parent of creation became Mary’s and Joseph’s kid!
Lying underneath the hood of His creation, exposed to the fumes of the sputtering world engine, Jesus got sweaty and bloody.
Pressured by the governing rulers of the day and sought after by people suffering from their broken bodies and broken hearts, Jesus drew all people to Him – although for very different reasons. This ultimately led to His untimely death. As a result of political plotting and scheming, Jesus was publicly executed; yet in events to follow on the third day, His subsequent resurrection would publicly annul His shameful death and set a glorious precedent: Raised to life, Jesus created a safe haven where we all can go. We all can be raised to life after our passing. Listening to God’s audible whisper in our hearts and believing the Good News we will be able to experience His precious peace.
Coming full circle – and just in case you were wondering – also from God’s perspective there is no such thing as an “Ex-Father”. God has always been, always is, and always will be our Heavenly Father; a Father who is very involved in human affairs; a Father who gave His lifeblood for His children; a Father who is dedicated to see His children safely home.
“Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m going to make this place your home” Andrew Pearson / Greg Holden