that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.
Father and Son are one. Just like many of us see our relationship with one or both of our human parents. To honor the child you honor the parent. The same is true if you dishonor the child. Magnify that by an inconceivable number, and you would see the relationship between God and Jesus. Not His only child, because we are all His children, but a chosen child to do what no one before or after him has done—to fulfill prophesies made more than one thousand years before Jesus walked this planet. He was known to others as merely “Mary’s son”. But he was much more.
You cannot love and honor Jesus without doing the same for God. You cannot despise and disobey Jesus and not do the same to God. You cannot follow Jesus without also following God. Our Father sent Jesus and look what the people did to His son, our brother. Look at the message they unknowingly sent back to God.
They dishonored Jesus and God. They prayed for a king and rejected the one God sent, all because Jesus didn’t fit the image and checklists in their minds. They dismissed and tried to usurp God’s authority. They dismissed every person who said “the One” was coming, was there, was Jesus. Their egos got in the way. They lacked humility and discernment.
At the same time, let us not forget that Jesus is the Son, and we aren’t to elevate him above the Father. I cringe whenever I hear or read someone sidestepping God for Jesus, regarding Jesus first and always, and speaking of God as though He’s just the grandfather, not the Father, not as relevant now that we have this human substitute. God didn’t send a retirement memo and thereby appointing Jesus to take over.
We are flesh-obsessed. We gravitate to the flesh because our minds struggle with the boundless, fluidity of spirit, of energy. Even though we are energy encased in flesh, we want something we can touch and that is familiar. So we lean towards Jesus over God. Yes, in honoring Jesus we honor God. But let’s also check ourselves so we don’t continue to disrespect and dishonor God. He is our Father.
The power and authority we find in Jesus comes from God, just as our power and authority come from God. Jesus never confused that, he never misspoke this fact. It has been his followers that choose to go against what he was repeatedly quoted as saying. Jesus taught that just as God was in him, God is in us—the same Creator of him, created us. Jesus taught that we are spirit not flesh, and are in the image of Spirit, just living inside this fleshy “tent” (as many referred to it). Let’s remember this and never forget.
Side Note: Imagine if we saw God in every person and in doing so, we were quick to love and embrace, and slow to judge and harm. Imagine if we truly saw God within ourselves. We would love ourselves fully and never stop caring for our minds, bodies, spirits, and souls. We wouldn’t be so reckless. Imagine!
Let Jesus, the exemplar in Christ, show you the way to righteousness, eternal life, and everlasting peace and joy. Follow Jesus to God!
Father, I honor You. I respect You. I love You. I value You. I honor Your son, my shepherd, Jesus Christ. I honor and respect his walk directed by Your Light, his direction steered by Your commands, his love for all people as You first loved us. Father, through Your son I see the example of how I am to live, behave, think, respond, react, speak, heal, save and be saved. Thank You Lord for my blessings and for the gift You delivered in and through Jesus. In Your Name and his I pray. Amen.
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