Dads, this day is your day.
Most of us have given talks to our children about our family heritage. For me, I’ve talked about our ancestors from Norway. My original last name was Islandhouse—not Larson. An Ellis Island immigration officer arranged for that switch. That is my history, and you have your own good history.
A guy in the New Testament named Stephen tells us about his family heritage, his family story found in the Old Testament. But, he tells us that his story, his history, is ours too.
Being a Christian does not mean that the Old Testament is old and irrelevant. It is not just someone else’s history. No, it is my history, it is your history.
So look at how Stephen lets us know this is so. He begins, “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham” (Acts 7:2). He doesn’t say, he appeared to “your father.” And, nine more times he says, “our father.”
Biblical history, you see, is our history. You can rightly say to yourself and to your family, the Bible is our family story. So to the Christian this ought to be part of our Father’s Day remembrance. We honor the fathers of our faith.
“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal 3:29). So, those of us who belong to Jesus all have Israelite blood in us because by adoption we are in the family.
This is your story. This is my story. Now that’s something to celebrate!