I think it is very important to remember and think on the fact that Jesus was given a very specific title. He was given the title of Son. Let’s explore this idea to help us figure out what we need to do as we are also called, Children of God.
and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”Matthew 3:17 NASB
Now it is important to learn from Jesus on how we are to relate to God because He is our example and we are also to walk as He walked.
the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.1 John 2:6 NASB
So with that being said, let’s look at one of the first ways that Jesus taught us, even when He was young.
And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house? ”Luke 2:49 NASB
When Jesus was young, His parents Joseph and Mary brought Him to Jerusalem to celebrate one of the biblical feast days. And after they had celebrated, they started to return home. They all went in a group with the rest of their village.
Now Joseph and Mary assumed that little Jesus was in the crowd with them, but after three days of travel, they realized that Jesus wasn’t with them. So they rushed back to Jerusalem, only to find their son sitting in the temple and learning from the teachers. And even then his response was that He was in His Father’s house. He already knew that God was to be seen as a Father.
So we also as little children, must learn to see God as our Father. I know for a long time I used to see him as a all powerful mighty being that I could never comprehend. And yes, he is all powerful, mighty, and his magesty and wisdom is beyond us. But He is actually a person. With emotions, feeling, and opinions. He is not some omnipotent orb of power that we can’t relate to. He is our Father.
Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.John 5:19 NASB
Jesus saw God as his Father and treated him accordingly. He wanted to walk with Him as a Son would. He wanted to learn from Him as a Child would learn from a parent. He was under God’s authority as a child is under it’s father’s authority. And He followed in the footsteps of the Father as a child would learn and follow the footsteps of their parent.
So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”John 11:41-42 NASB
Jesus knew that His relationship to the Father was that of a child to their parent. He knew this so well that He knew the Father would always hear him. He knew that God would listen. He knew this because his image of God wasn’t that God was distant, but that God was close. So close that He saw God as a Father. This is something that we all need to adopt as our image of God, as a Father.
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”Matthew 26:39 NASB
And Jesus, in his last moments here on earth, submited himself fully under the command of the Father. And He knew He could trust God because He could trust His Father. Let’s take time to thank Jesus for bringing us to the Father and let’s spend some time with our heavenly Father today.
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