Out of pure intrigue and speculation, I present a possible scenario in which one loses their father and doesn’t need another one because they already have one. Just role with it for a sec.
You leave everything to follow Christ. Your house. Your brothers. Your sisters. Your mother. Your father. Your children. And your land.
You soon receive it all back a hundred times over. Houses. Brothers. Sisters. Mothers. Children. Lands.
But no father.
Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers . . . and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.”
Why no father? Well . . .
You leave house and land to discover that the dwelling place of every believer is your home.
You leave brothers and sisters, mothers and children, only to find the family of God.
And you leave your father with no void to be filled. Because your Heavenly Father is the one who called you. And you left everything to follow him.
Okay, perhaps the omission of “father” in that text was not so intended, but let’s just say that’s where my mind wanders. I see two lists, I compare them, I notice a “mistake,” I wonder why. And in a little item “missing” from a list, I learn a profound truth confirmed throughout the Word: When you follow Christ, you get the package deal – Father included.