A Lesson About the Father From the Son
Allen Michael Rea | Pastor
Dunn Memorial Baptist Church, Baxley, GA
This year will make ten years since the homecoming of Dr. Adrian Rogers. The great wonder of modern technology is that he is still preaching and will keep preaching until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. He was truly the Prince of Preachers! He is one of this young preacher’s heroes. Before I got out of college I went with a friend on a seminary “shopping” trip. We went and toured one of the campuses. Unfortunately, we missed hearing Rogers at chapel. At the time, I thought, no big deal, I will have other chances to shake his hand. In God’s providence, that turned out not to be the case. I can still take you to the spot at Brewton-Parker College where I was when I got a text informing me of Dr. Rogers’ homecoming to heaven. His sons are currently running a training institute for pastors. I had been trying to get in contact with the secretary of the institute, but throughout the holidays had trouble connecting with them. Then, just the other day, I had a strange number call my cell. I picked it up and heard an unfamiliar voice. He explained that he was Steve Rogers. I was in need of clarification, so I inquired: “This is Steve Rogers, as in Adrian Rogers’ son?” He replied in the affirmative and he shared some wonderful memories with me. He shared some of his busy time with me. It was truly a blessing. When I hung up the phone, I sat down to let it all sink in. Just then it hit me, I never got to speak to the father, but I know the son.
The Bible says in John 1:18: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begetton Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” In Exodus 33, God told Moses: “No man can see me and live.” The Old Testament saints saw the works and wonder of God’s Hands and heard His thunderous voice, but never saw Him. God had friends. In 2 Chronicles 20:7, Abraham is called God’s friend. Moses is also given that title. However, a son always has more knowledge of a father than a mere friend has. After all the prophets that spoke in the Old Testament, the Israelites still not know God fully. The Son came. The Father was well-pleased with the Son. The Son makes fellowship with the Father possible. Paul spoke in 1 Timothy 6:16 that God “dwells in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting.” Simply put, we could never have approached God. He is holy; we are sinful. We had no hope of coming near to him; however, the Father sent the Son to bring us to Him. The Son left His eternal throne to stoop down to us sinners and die for us. The Son was seen and heard! (see 1 John 1:1-3) The Son has told us everything we need to know about the Father. He has perfectly declared to us a perfect knowledge of the Father. No one is better qualified to speak of the Father than the Son.
The Son was clear when He said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and The Life: and no man cometh unto Father, but by me” (John 14:6). No person has any hope of coming to the Father, except through the Son. Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father. He is the ONLY way to eternal life. He is the ONLY way to heaven. I do not make apologies about what the Bible says, I simply preach it.
I never knew Rogers the father. I never got to shake his hand. He never signed my books. I have no amusing anecdotes about the father. Oh sure, I knew his voice and had read his words, but I did not know him. However, I can say that I know the son. No one knew the father like the son. What I know about the father, I have learned from the son. What a great illustration of what God the Father has done for us in His Son Jesus Christ. Will you come to the Father today, through His Son?
“I and my Father are one.” – John 10:30