Like Father, like Son

Have you ever looked at the relationship Jesus had with His Father? We read throughout the New Testament of Jesus’ devotion to prayer (Mark 1:32; Mark 6:45-46; to name a few of the scriptures); but, what of His relationship with God? What does He tell us about His Father and how should we use His relationship with God to benefit ours?

John 5:23 says, “that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.”

In using logic the converse of the scripture would read, “whoever does not honor the Father does not honor the Son…” The relationship between Jesus and God is like no other relationship – deeply devoted and infinitely intertwined. And even with the words Jesus told us in scriptures about His relationship, we realize there is so much we cannot and do not understand; but a relationship with God without Jesus or vice versa cannot exist. For one is highly dependent upon the other.

John 5:19-20, “Jesus gave them this answer: ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does. Yes, and He will show Him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.'”

When Judas had left, in John 13:31-32, “… Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will glorify the Son in Himself, and will glorify Him at once.'”

And the one we must fully follow, John 14:31, “…the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what My Father has commanded Me…”

It is easy for us to misunderstand or almost dismiss the relationship between God and Jesus because of the Trinity – God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. Because it is impossible to fully grasp the concept of this coequal relationship, we tend to overlook the loving and unique relationship Christ had with His Father and its importance in our lives. I do not pretend to understand the Trinity. I do not know any theologian who does and if he did, I would question his credentials; however, I do realize there is much to be learned from Christ’s obedience to God, God’s laws, and God’s influence over His life. Christ is our living example of what God expects from us and how we must live our lives. Christ lived in perfect unity with His Father, so closely related that Jesus tells us that anyone who has seen and heard Him has seen and heard God. Jesus’ ultimate desire was to please His Father; glorify His name; and serve God’s Kingdom.

John 12:44-45, “Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me.”

Today, evaluate your relationship with the Father and the Son. Do you obey God’s laws and follow His direction in your life? Do you recognize Christ as your Savior and ultimate Judge over your life? Do you realize that you will not get to God except through Christ? Ask God to help you develop the relationship with Him that He desires.


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