I suppose the scripture I have heard most on Father’s Day sermons is the story of the Prodigal Son. How much the Father waited and loved him! How wonderful the party thrown in his honor! In recent years it has become common to be told the problems of the Elder Brother. Good stuff.
But if I were preaching a Father’s Day sermon, here is my very short sermonette.
I would use two scriptures that show wonderful wisdom and love of two fathers, both of whom knew how to appeal to Jesus in behalf of their children. (Mark 5:22-24 and Mark 9:17) In one the father took Jesus to his child; in the other the father took his child to Jesus. Both cases the answer lay in connecting to Jesus! Did you get that. I will repeat. Both cases the answer lay in connecting the child to Jesus!
Mark 5:22-24 22 And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23 and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” 24 So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.
Mark 9:17 17 Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.
The Rest of The Story: Jesus did it! He answered the fathers’ requests.
Dads and Moms, I’ll tell you some practical ways you can show Jesus’ love to your child.
Model behavior with an abundance of hugs and kisses; use movies, videos, songs, rhymes; attend church, camps, parties, nursing homes, and mission trips; pray with and for the child, teach good manners and mores, especially by use of Bible stories; and do whatever else modern life and technology makes possible.
Remember that in our Bible models, the father was the instigator and he was there! He was present! You may sometimes assign the duty to someone else, but the real answer is in the three being together—father, child, and Jesus. In many life situations, the duty is left to the mother, but God’s plan makes the husband the “priest” of the home.
Many men have failed this assignment and mothers have picked up the pieces and taken the children to Jesus as well as taken Jesus to their children. Lois and Eunice earned a special place in the Bible for doing just that. May you join them in raising some Timothys.