Greetings to the Father, Son, Spirit, angels and saints in Christ. Hello there! I’m back with renewed vigor to finish this content area. God gave me this content area on 5/23/07 at 7.10 p.m and it blew my mind. First of all, He reminded me that He fathered men in the bible. He walked and talked with men such as Adam, Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Job, Isaiah, to name a few. I will not go into the details here, but will proceed at His request to talk about how God fathered His son, in order to show us (especially fathers), the example to follow. Please pardon my inadequate speech, because it is too great for me to write, so may the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ enlighten our hearts.

GOD MADE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DECLARATIONS TO HIS SON/AFFIRMED HIS SON

God verbalized His love to His Son Jesus by making a public declaration of His love and approval at His baptism and then later at His transfiguration when He said, “This is my beloved Son” (Mt 3: 17, Mt 17: 5, Mk 9: 7; LK 3: 22 and 9: 35). This event had a tremendous impact on the disciples and on John the Baptist who also spoke of this as a sign that Jesus was the Messiah. When referring to the Father’s public approval at the transfiguration, Peter said that Jesus “received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Now, you would have thought that the miracles would have been a sign of God’s approval of the Lord and the scriptures did confirm in Acts 2: 22 says that Jesus was “a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” No! Jesus apparently expected the signs and wonders. He had been working them since childhood as revealed by His mother’s instructions to the people at the wedding in Cana to do whatever He said (Jn 2: 5). What tickled Jesus the most was His fathers’ verbal declaration of His love and approval – this is my son, I am well pleased with Him, then, Do what He says (at the transfiguration). Remember that Jesus was a big boy of thirty years old when He was baptized and a little older when He was transfigured. What on earth! A young adult starving to hear the Father tell Him that He was His darling son! What about our own natural children and children in the faith? have we told them repeatedly, like God did, that we love them, that they are fearfully and wonderfully made? Do we show it in our actions to them? Look too, at how Paul followed God’s example when he told the Corinthians that Timothy was his beloved son (1 Cor 4: 17) and also let the young man know the same (2 Tim 1: 2). There is another lesson to glean from the Father’s example. Jesus was approved by signs and wonders, but to Jesus, these would be equivalent to having His Father provide food and clothing, the things that are the father’s duty. In the same way, it is the duty of the parent to provide the necessities of life for the child, but it is the delight of the child to walk in close relationship with the parent, especially the father, and to know and hear that the father loves him or her. How close are we to God in practice? Did not Paul say that we must follow him as He followed Christ. According to Isa 9: 14, Jesus also carries out the role of Father, as He did to the disciples by fathering them in the ministry and things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

JESUS WAS A DADDY’S BOY

Jesus revealed in His life that He was a Son who loved and was loved by His father. Please go with me on a journey of discovery in the gospels. I want us to try to find the references that Jesus made to His father and what He said about Him and about their relationship. If I remember correctly, He told some folks that He and His father were one (JN 10: 30). In other words, if you mess with me, you mess with my father and vice versa. I agree with and do everything my father says and does. I am not a confused child, you know. He had learnt His values, His destiny and purpose from the Father God. How do you think God spoke to Him? Was He accustomed to hearing His father’s audible voice? Do our children hear us speaking to them? Do they know what we believe about issues, life, relationships etc or do we leave it up to the systems to “teach” them values? Jesus was fully taught by His father over His life time, because He was well versed in the Father’s sayings and ways and in His own purpose by young adulthood. God did not wait utill the moment of truth to surprise Him about the birds and the bees in a figurative sense. You will be surprised to know that even if the child does not fully understand all the father says, that he or she will just try to be like the father once the investment of time is made with him or her. Jesus used to run away to spend time with His father. He would escape from the crowds during the busiest ministry days to pray. He would get up early at mornings to go in to the desert to pray. He would find some secret place to commune with His father (Mt 6: 6-8). Luke 11: 41-42 reveals how Jesus revelled in the relationship with His father. He was standing outside Lazarus’ tomb and He “lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” Was He bragging a bit about being the Son of the Father? He was not asking His father for NIKE, game boy or some trivial gift. He was asking for a life changing event to be manifested – a sign and wonder that would blow the people away. Can our children say that we invest time listening to them? Do they know what to ask for? SO many questions!

JESUS GREW UP WITH SOCIAL PRESSURE

Yes, he did. He had left heaven with incomparable wealth to live in the house of a carpenter. He had also learnt the trade. The people reacted to His teachings and works with great offense because of this – “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?” (Mk 6: 3). In the minds of the people, this was something that should have been done by someone of higher social status (maybe the scribes and pharisees?). Look at God’s strategy here. He did not want His son to become a brat, with the luxuries of life in his lap, so HE gave Him some “hard work” (as we say in SVG) to do. Jesus therefore learnt to identify with human frailties and emotions. He learnt the value of earning an income. Now the Spirit has told me repeatedly on different occasions that Joseph was not poor and that they had enough to take care of the family, but the people looked at Joseph as one of the social upstarts, someone needing to know His place. Let me give you evidence that supports my belief. Jesus’ family used to follow Him around, visiting Him at the places where He ministered. Where did they find the means? Jesus would roll up His eyes and jokingly tell the crowd, when their arrival was announced with great excitement, now what’s wrong with you all, all those doing my will are my relatives! At another time the family travelled down from Cana to Caperneum for some reason, maybe a vacation? (JN 2: 12). Isa 7: 15 also tells us that he ate butter and honey, symbolic of the rich inheritance in the Promised Land. Jesus did not starve one day or go without. Jesus’ interaction with His family showed that He was brought up in a rich and loving environment even though His father/caretaker Joseph was not on the list of “Who’s who”. We therefore learn the message that God is clearly sending to us about what He considers as priorities in a child’s life. The richness of the environment is supported in Jesus’ knowledge of the scriptures. His father Joseph had certainly taught Him the scriptures while His father God provided the revelation knowledge that shocked the doctors of theology (Lk 2: 41-52). His response to Joseph and Mary that “that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Lk 2: 49) tells us that He and His father had secret communication known only to Him and that Mary and Joseph had apparently forgotten, in the routines of life, that He was not really their son. No offense, Father God, but you made an excellent choice of surrogate father for your son Jesus. Jesus was allowed to exercise His spiritual gifts as a child as we infer from Mary at the wedding and this was important to God. Scriptures describe Joseph as a just man and Jesus was certainly sheltered and provided with the right climate that helped His Father God to nourish and prepare Him for His task on earth. Just men are of the calibre of Enoch, Job, Noah and others and Jesus had a great example of right living to look up to while growing up. Will you send your child to vacation or live in the home of a sinner? God’s heart was not in His hands during the Lord’s upbringing. I wonder what kind of reward Joseph and Mary have already received?

JESUS’ PEER GROUP

Hmmm. Don’t tell me I am crazy, but I do believe that apart from His siblings, that Jesus had angels coming and going on a regular basis. Do we really believe that God would have His son down here without some special protection, even if invisible. Scriptures indicate that angels would minister to Him at times of greatest need, for example, at the end of the 40 day fast (Mt 4: 11, Mk 1: 13). Angelic presence and assistance was readily available to Him and this source of help was a tempting escape from His death as He told the Jews in the words “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? (Mt 26: 53-54). Angels were present at His resurrection and an angel guarded the empty tomb to give the disciples time to confirm the resurrection and to prevent the Romans from putting in a fake body. Who would have known otherwise?

DID JESUS STRUGGLE WITH THE ISSUES OF IDENTITY AND SELF CONCEPT?

No He did not. His identity was firmly established by 12 years old. He knew just who He was by 12 and He was a confident child. Only a confident child who is filled with the Holy Spirit would debate with these frightening looking men. He was a country boy and these were the “big shots” of Jewish religion. How did God manage to produce a confident, well adjusted son even though HE was born into a family of low social status and relative poverty (compared to heaven’s standards?). How can we do the same in today’s world when our children are faced with pressure to conform to different social aberrations such as homosexuality and to the pressures to be “cool” by dressing and behaving in certain ways and by possessing certain things. The answer stems back to the previous discussion on His relationship with His father. His father Joseph was a man’s man – a well muscled, sweaty man. He was no effeminate, looking like a girl (no matter how indistinctly). tossing his hands and waggling his hips (they are in the church too). He knew He was loved and accepted by His heavenly father who spoke to Him about His destiny and by His earthly family who loved him to distraction. Do we follow the Father’s example.

HOW DID JESUS COPE WITH THE TRANSITION INTO ADOLESCENT

Did HE have raging hormones? Maybe. He was a normal human, but did not give into sin
(Heb 1: 15). HE overcame by focusing on His relationship with His father, by spending time learning who He was, learning how to apply the word, practicing signs and wonders in the home. HE had a secret place as we learn from Mt 6, maybe He spent time meditating on the words of the Father, maybe He had to sit life tests in order to come in to maturity (HE was tempted in all points but did not sin). HE had a prayer life as Hereveale in His ministry. How are we helping our children to overcome? Blessings. See you next time.

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