I remember when my daughter was born, everyone said she looked like her father, my husband. And l mean everyone. Now it may just be me, but if you’ve carried someone in your womb for 9 months, you don’t want to hear that they look nothing like you. (Moms, please tell me I’m not alone here)
Thank God as she has grown, she has some features like mine and l’m glad that now she looks like both myself and my husband (phew!). More than the physical attributes, our children also inherit some of our personality traits, both negative and positive. As children grow however their own personalities will emerge and they become quite independent.
Jesus was different. He was a Son who was like His Father and proudly reflected Him, always.
In John 8 after Jesus had forgiven the adulteress woman, the Pharisees (religious teachers of that time) who were obviously not happy that he had forgiven her, started questioning Jesus’ identity. And from John 8:13-30, we see Jesus’ talking to the Pharisees about his likeness to and relationship with His Father.
Here are 6 Ways Jesus was like His Father:
1. As a Son, Jesus knew He belonged to His Father
- John 8: 14 ‘Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if l bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for l know where l come from and where l am going; but you do not know where you come from and where you are going’.
- There is a sense of belonging you feel with your parents. Like you come from somewhere. Jesus knew His father and belonged to Him, to His Kingdom. He didn’t doubt who He was or his identity. His identity was in His Father.
2. As a Son, Jesus obeyed His Father
- John 8:18 ‘I am One who bears witness of Myself and the Father who sent me bears witness of me’
Jesus was sent by His Father to come to earth and sacrifice His life for our sins and He obeyed. The same way we send our children for errands, Jesus was sent for the biggest errand of all errands-Saving the world, and He obeyed
3. To know the Father is to know the Son
- John 8: 19b. ‘If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.
- Jesus and the Father are One. To know Jesus is to know God. When you see the Son, you see the Father. And the Pharisees could not see that they were talking to God himself.
4. Jesus only spoke the things He heard from the Father:
- John 8:26b ‘and l speak to the world those things which l heard from Him’
- Have you noticed how your kids repeat the things you say (good or bad) or your phrases back to you? (Unfortunately the not so good words in front of your friends and family). We need to be careful what we say in front of our children, and that’s a subject all by itself.
- Well, Jesus here gives us a similar picture- like a Son He only repeated the things which His Father had said.
5. Jesus only did what His Father told Him
- John 14: 28b ‘I do nothing of myself but as my Father taught me l speak these things’
- Jesus did everything as per instructions from his Father. All He did was exactly as He was told to reflect His Father’s will best.
6. Jesus was always with His Father
- John 8: 29a ‘And the Father who sent me is always with me. The Father has not left me alone, for l always do the things that please Him.’
- Jesus spent time with His Father. That’s why He knew what His Father wanted and could do them and please Him.
My question to you today:
Is God your Father? If yes do you reflect this truth in your day to day life? Do you obey Him, know Him and speak the words He speaks? If not, is it because you don’t know Him or you have reservations about Him?
Since Jesus is our example, He shows us how to relate to God as our Father. And we can take some steps to start today.
Ok, so what action can you take today?
1. Believe God is YOUR Father:
- Not only is God Jesus’ Father, He is our Father as well. When Jesus was teaching his disciples how to pray, the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, he starts by saying this very fact ‘Our Father, who art in heaven’….. He is Our Father. We belong to Him.
2. Spend time with the Father in His Word.
- The only way to obey God is by hearing Him speak. But you can only hear someone you are close to. Like Jesus the Son, let us spend more time with God.
- James 4: 8a ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you’. The more we spend time with the Father in His Word, the more we will be like our Father.
- Remember, God is always with us. Just like He was with Jesus.
3. Spend time with God in prayer:
- 1 Thessalonians 5: 17 ‘Pray without ceasing’ As you pray to God and it becomes a lifestyle (not just something you do at church), He will reveal more of Himself to you and it He will direct your life. Psalm 37:23 ‘The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in all His ways’
4. Spend time worshipping God:
- Listening to music that inspires you to know God more and love Him more will lead you to become more like the Father.
My encouragement to you:
- John 8: 30 ‘And as Jesus spoke these words, many believed in Him’ When you live out your life in a way that reflects who God is to you, in your actions and speech many will believe in God. It’s not always that we will be able to tell people that we are Christians but as our lives reflect those of our God and we become more Christ-like, many will believe in our Father.
Heavenly Father, I thank you that you are my Father and that I belong to you. That truth alone makes me so thankful of your love for me. Thank you for always being with me. I want to know you more and obey your word. Help me to do that every day.
In Jesus name l pray. Amen