12th April 2020

Papa and Paco

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
Colossians 3:1-4 (NIV UK)

Ernest Hemingway’s short story, Capital of the World tells of a Father looking for his son. Paco had created a rift between them, and chose to leave home to make a name as a matador in Madrid. After some time the Father goes looking for him, unsuccessfully, among the crowded streets of Madrid. Eventually, he places an ad in the local newspaper: “Paco, meet me at the Hotel Montana, Noon Tuesday. All is forgiven. Papa.”

The result was astounding. On Tuesday at noon, 800 young men, all named Paco, show up longing to be reconciled to their father.

Hemingway was an atheist, but his story tugs our hearts toward the Gospel. Can you identify with one of the Pacos? Far from home, trying to create a name for yourself? A lonely journey down a dead-end street! But Jesus has met us at the end of that road with a word from his Father. In Jesus’ life, death and most importantly, his resurrection, our Papa makes it crystal clear that all is forgiven. He is calling us home.

Our heavenly Father didn’t just put an ad in the paper, he showed up in Jesus. The disciples struggled to believe that Jesus had risen. But after Jesus encountered them, personally, their lives were lifted to a whole new level. This same Jesus still encounters us today by the Holy Spirit. And his word from the Father hasn’t changed. Putting your trust in Jesus is to be lifted in his relationship with the Father.

This is the good news of the Easter story. The Father has removed all that keeps us from knowing and enjoying him. Now we can respond to him with our head held high, knowing our identity as sons and daughters is secured in Jesus, our elder brother.

Most holy Father, may we each, personally, hear your voice, raised in Jesus, calling us home. And respond. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study presented by Jeff Broadnax

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/ ), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Jeff Broadnax is a GCI Elder in Grace Communion International in the USA and serves as National Coordinator of GCI Generation Ministries.

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