2. The second thing that struck me is that the overwhelming majority of these references have to do with the relationship between Jesus and God the Father. Almost none of the references have to do with God as the Father of believers. Rather, John seems to emphasize that the relationship between God's people and God is exclusively mediated through Jesus.
- "I am in my Father and you in me and I in you" (14:20).
- "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (14:6).
- "Our Father, who are in heaven..." (Matt. 6:9) Jesus himself suggests that we can pray to God as our Father.
- "You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, 'Abba! Father!'" (Rom. 8:15). Jesus called God, "Abba" (Mark 14:36), and we can too.
- [BTW, "Daddy" seems a fairly cozy Western construct. Abba does have a familiar sense, but "Daddy" is probably a little anachronistic.]
- "In Christ Jesus you are all children of God, through faith… There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female… you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise" (Gal. 3:27-29).
So in that scenario, John wants to make it very clear that it is not enough merely to believe Messiah is coming or to be baptized in repentance for Israel's sins in preparation for God's kingdom. One must believe on Jesus as the sole channel through which one can be reconciled to God.