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November 12, 2015, 11:25 AM

Jesus Honored His Father



When we consider the commandment to honor your mother and father, we often sell it a little short. Sometimes we assume it simply means that we are to obey mom and pops. Sometimes we begin to think that it applies to a phase of life that we eventually get to outgrow. Sometimes we forget that honoring the parents is a life long journey. But, when we have questions on what honoring our parents should look like, we need only to look to Jesus. 

In Philippians chapter two, Paul lays out exactly how Jesus honored God the Father. He wrote: although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men....becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Paul explained that even though Jesus was God, He did not hold that as an excuse to not honor God the Father. Even when that meant that He had to step out of heaven. Even when that meant that He had to be born as a baby. Even when that meant that He had to grow up in a hard life. Even when that meant that He had to endure the cross. As Jesus prays in the garden just before His arrest, trial, and death; He honors His Father by saying “not my will, but yours, be done.

Paul goes on to explain that because of His obedience to the will of the Father, the Father has “exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name.”  Jesus lived out the commandment to honor your father by always being where God the Father wanted him, doing what God the Father wanted done, and saying what God the Father wanted said. He did this for the glory of God and the good of us. 

His honor had an outward focus, included obedience, and resulted in glorifying God. The result of his honor was more honor. I believe that our efforts to honor our parents will require similar things and bring about similar results. For sure, our efforts to become more like Christ will result in honoring our father and mother like He honored God the Father.   


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