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My Father and Your Father “Go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” This reminds me of what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “…you will worship the Father.” For her it was a coming hour; it was not yet a reality. In this statement Jesus indicates the hour has come: “My brethren, my Father and your Father, my God and your God.” Martha is now more than a friend of Jesus. She’s a sister to him because they have the same Father. She’s a sister to the resurrected Lord. She’s a daughter of the Father of all creation. For the Samaritan woman it was a sign looking forward to a coming hour, for Mary the hour has arrived. She is now on her way to the bosom of her Father.
Jesus commissions her to tell the others who are also his brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of his Father. The Samaritan woman had understood this mission intuitively. But her testimony was related to a man who had told her about herself. Her invitation, “Come and see,” was all about this man. The death and resurrection of Jesus was all future for her, a coming hour. Now the announcement is: “The crucified Lord has returned as the risen one. We are now his brothers and sisters. We are sons and daughters of his Father.”
The form the invitation took for those who were truly his disciples during the days of his flesh was different from the form it must take for us today. “Come see a man…,” was the testimony then. Today it must be an announcement followed by an invitation: “He is risen! Come, meet the resurrected Lord. Become sons and daughters of his Father. He has prepared a place for you in his Father’s house, even in his Father’s heart.”