DID YOU KNOW (11)
…That the world is an orphanage?
How do we know that the world is an orphanage? Jesus spoke about it on the eve of His death. His disciples were distressed because He kept telling them that He was going away. After three years with Him, they could not imagine what life would be without Him. They had imagined that He would be with them for a very long time. After all, were they not His disciples? They had committed their lives to Him, not just a few years.
He assured them that, in spite of His imminent departure, He would return. How could that be?
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you (John 14:18).
These words assume that they were already orphans, or perhaps that they felt like orphans.
It was never God’s intention for the human race to be fatherless. He created Adam and Eve to be His children, the beginning of an eternal family of all their offspring in an intimate relationship with them as their heavenly Father.
However, something went terribly wrong. Adam was influenced by Satan posing as a serpent to believe that God was someone less than a perfect Father. He tricked him into thinking that God’s instruction not to break ties with Him by disobeying His one single prohibition was a less-than-loving way of cheating him of something important in his life. The moment Adam doubted the character of God as perfect love, he was on the road to betrayal. Instead of holding fast to what he already knew about his Creator, he swallowed the lie and broke ties with the source of his life.
That one act of foolishness cost him and the human race that would come from him, the only way he would ever know his true identity and the security of trust and fellowship with his Father. From that moment, Adam and Eve were fatherless, orphans and alone, left to make their way through life without the comfort of their Father’s strength, wisdom and protection.
Why would the devil target and destroy the relationship of the Father and His children? He knows that fatherless children have no identity and no security in life and are open to fear which they will do anything to suppress. Without the love and protection of a father, children do anything just to survive. They have no one to model and teach them the real values or life. They live by their wits, without boundaries and eventually without a conscience.
The world is indeed an orphanage. The sexual revolution has deceived people into believing that sexual pleasure is an end in itself and does no psychological damage when it is misused. There are millions of “orphans” without a father figure in their lives living with single mothers who can never replace the role of a father in their lives.
The gay agenda targets legitimate relationships between husbands and wives in a monogamous union. So-called “free sex” and the “condomising” of the world as a solution to infection, has left a trail of death and destruction through AIDS and STDs. Paedophiles have destroyed the lives of thousands, if not millions of children by destroying their innocence and robbing them of a healthy relationship with a father figure, to say nothing of the murders which accompany sexual predators.
Rape is a world-wide phenomenon – sexual violence against women as a vent for male anger. What about prostitution and all the evils associated with so called “sex workers”?
All these evils are directed towards one thing – the distortion of the father image so that people, both adults and children have no idea what a real father looks like. The world is an angry place, and Satan makes sure that the anger is directed at fathers who have failed to fulfil their role in the family as protectors and providers and families that are the victims of father’s failure.
One of Jesus’ primary purposes was to reveal the true nature of the Father, to wipe the face of our fathers off the face of God so that we can know Him through Jesus.
In response to Philip’s request, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us,” Jesus responded, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:8-9a).
He came to reconcile us to the Father and to take us to the Father so that we can once again be a part of His forever family. Without that connection with the Father, we will always be orphans, nameless, homeless and without security for the present and the future.
No, we are no longer orphans because Jesus has restored us to the Father and to His family.
Scripture is taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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