Never in the history of the universe has anybody honored his father more than Christ honored His. What wonderful humility and character He had in declaring His Father, and constantly directing our attention to the Father!
Christ’s magnificent example shows God’s family government!
Throughout Scripture there is instruction to fathers that they must lead their families in love. God wants fathers involved and engaged, actively loving their wives, loving their children. Teaching and educating their children. Providing for them. Disciplining them, defending them.
God the Father sets the ultimate example in fulfilling that role! And He inspired tremendous love and devotion in His Son, Jesus Christ.
This example shows how strong family is meant to work! God wants physical fathers to fulfill the same function that He Himself fulfills toward His children. Such a father can lead his whole family to be strong and stable. This gives those children tremendous advantages in life. They know love. They have a strong foundation for stable relationships. They have gained proper confidence, learned the value of self-discipline and hard work, and received countless other invaluable lessons. And most of all, they grow up much better prepared to have a strong relationship with God the Father.
But what do most Christians today believe? Why, they think that everything revolves around Jesus!
Read those scriptures again. Do you realize that Christ specifically and repeatedly told us not to do that? When we overlook the Father, we insult both Christ and the Father! That is rebelling against God!
We must learn to honor the father! That is true in our homes and families, and in our spiritual lives.
When I read verses like this, it makes me realize more deeply how most of Christianity rebels against Christ and the Father! Christ directed us to the Father over and over and over and over and over and over and over—and people still refuse to get it. Why?
Here is why. Christ said to some hard-headed religious people, “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father” (John 8:38). What did He mean, “your father”? “Ye do the deeds of your father,” He told them in verse 41. Who was their “father”?
Christ continued, “If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but He sent me” (verse 42). Again, He continually honored and declared the Father. Then He said plainly, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (verse 44).
The religious people of Christ’s day didn’t honor God the Father. After all, they killed His Son! They obeyed their father, the devil. And Satan hates family. He is determined to fight it with everything he has!
The same is true of so many people today—including religious people. Satan has deceived the whole world (Revelation 12:9). He wants to blot out the Father and destroy the Family of God. Most people fail utterly to understand family.
Did you know that family is at the heart of the gospel that Jesus Christ preached? How many religious people understand that? (Request a free copy of The Incredible Human Potential to understand this truth.)
Satan is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). His society is filled with attacks against God’s plan for family. These attacks are succeeding in some frightening ways. The institution of the family is suffering the death of a thousand wounds.
We see many politicians, celebrities and sports figures—who receive so much adulation and attention—with wretched family problems. Loose living, adultery, drug addiction, sexual deviancy—everything you can imagine.
God says that when you find a wife, you find a good thing and have God’s favor (Proverbs 18:22). That is inspiring! Don’t those politicians realize that when they betray their wives and have shameful love affairs? Don’t they realize what a good thing they have, and that they are trashing it?