“This is my son, my chosen, listen to him.”
These words boomed from the clouds as Jesus was transfigured on the mountaintop. They show God beaming with pride at His boy, His child—Jesus. It’s the very embodiment of what a proud father sounds like.
Here’s the thing though: while these words are spoken OF JESUS and they tell us a little bit who JESUS is… these words ALSO give us an insight into the heart of God the Father.
God, Our Father, is sometimes found to be like the proud parent shouting at the top of their lungs while watching their child play soccer, play the violin, or compete in the spelling bee. It’s that almost embarrassing over-the-top glee that gets some parents in trouble with their progeny, but which only makes the parent be all the more embarrassing.
You know what I’m talking about?
And, because of this little insight into the heart and soul of God, we get a glimpse into how God feels not only about His-son-Jesus, but also… us. For we too are God’s sons and daughters.
And, if God is willing to be that-embarrassing-parent for Jesus, God is just as willing and able to be that-embarrassing-parent for us too.
God loves us. Hopefully we know that. Hopefully we feel that. But, God doesn’t just stop at loving us—God is the parent in the stands with the hoarse throat and the foam #1 finger shouting at the top of his lungs for us.
For you. Yes, you. Yes, even when you feel like a failure. Yes, even when you feel like you don’t deserve it. Yes, even when you don’t want it.
God is proud of you. To God, you are #1. Because that is just who our God is. And that is who you are to God.