By Gerald Flurry
Family is the most beautiful thing in life!
Herbert W. Armstrong once wrote, “The very foundation of any stable civilization is a solid family structure. … Nothing in this material world is as important as a happy home life with father, mother and well-taught, happy children—a close-knit family” (Good News, February 1979).
So often, you see that great men and women come from strong families. They had the support of a dedicated father and mother in a happy marriage.
Theodore Roosevelt attributed a great part of his success and leadership to what he learned from his father. “My father was the best man I ever knew,” he said. Wayne Gretzky, perhaps the greatest hockey player ever, had a terrific relationship with his father. So did the famous runner Sebastian Coe. Football greats Dan Marino and Joe Montana said their fathers taught them how to be leaders. I find such examples inspiring.
David Hartman was a common-looking man, not your typical handsome television personality. But he became very successful in that field, hosting the top-rated program Good Morning America for over a decade. He too had a strong relationship with his father. “My father always told me, David, you’re unique!” he said. “And you have something unique to give!” He believed his father and achieved a lot in his life.
The best family example in history, however, is that of Jesus Christ.
The Apostle John, in writing his Gospel, showed how Jesus repeatedly and consistently honored His Father. John wrote, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him” (John 1:18). Notice what that verse says!
Jesus Christ was the only being ever begotten by God as a human being in the womb of a woman. This shows a special family relationship. There was the Father and the Son in the God Family!
The truth is, from the very beginning, God created physical family in order to teach people about Himself, and to draw people to Himself! God created marriage between husband and wife, and sex as a means of reproduction, so that children would grow up in a family. All of these physical realities point to spiritual truths! The physical family is an exact type of the God Family! You can read an inspiring and very complete scriptural explanation of these truths in Herbert W. Armstrong’s book The Missing Dimension in Sex. We would be happy to send you a copy for free.
John 1:18 also says Jesus was “in the bosom of the Father,” which means He had a wonderfully intimate, loving relationship with His Father. He loved, honored and respected His Father. He repeatedly gave His Father credit for His success.
Then, this verse tells us that Christ actually devoted His earthly ministry to declaring His Father! Jesus Christ revealed the existence of God the Father to this world. Before that time, people didn’t even know God in the terms of family.
Let me tell you an awe-inspiring, marvelous truth that you can prove from your Bible. It is very beautiful, and so plain that I wonder how so many people—even those who profess to believe the Bible—can fail so completely to understand it!
The Apostle John absolutely filled his Gospel with statements showing how Christ honored His Father! “[M]y Father is greater than I,” Christ said (John 14:28; see also John 5:19). “[T]he Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him,” He said (John 8:29). “I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me” (John 6:38; see also John 4:34). Jesus repeatedly referred to “the Father which has sent me” (John 5:23, 30, 36, 37; 6:44, 57; 8:16, 18; 12:49; 20:21).
This is astonishing! Why did He keep repeating these statements? There is an inspiring reason!
Christ was the Son of God, who had shared in the majestic glory of God for a prior eternity. But He came to Earth to declare His Father. Over and over, He said, My Father sent me. Don’t make your religion revolve around me. I’m not the central figure! The Father sent me! He’s in charge! He’s the Head of the Family!