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The Father’s Honor

“Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.” –   John 8:49

 

On July 19, 1910 the governor of Washington proclaimed the nations first “Father’s Day.” During the 1920’s and 30’s there was a movement to scrap all Mother’s and Father’s Day celebration in favor of a single holiday called, “Parents Day.”   This did not get much traction especially once World War II began. When the war began, celebrating Father’s Day became a way to honor the American troops since many were fathers. Even though it was not a federal holiday, Father’s Day was observed everywhere by the end of the war. It was not until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday.

To honor your Father is a good thing. It demonstrates a loving and an obedient heart, and that is what our Lord Jesus did. The Lord Jesus lived in such a way that He demonstrated His special relationship with God as His Father. This set Him apart from all other religious leaders. All other religions do not have their god as a father. This led the religious leaders of His day to be envious, and resentful. They could not explain His miracles and His special relationship to God so in turn they falsely accused Jesus of being demon possessed. If Jesus had an evil spirit in Him, He would not have declared His love and honor to God as His Father.

Referring to God as Father was not in the mind of Jews. Therefore they accused Jesus of being demon possessed which also led them to kill Him according to John 5:18. There are a few times in the Old Testament where God is referred to as father. David, in Psalm 89:26 wrote, “Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.”   In Psalm 68:5 God is called a “father of the fatherless.” Even though God has been, and always will be our Father, this relational concept of God being our Father was revealed in its fullness once Jesus, the Son of God, came.   The Lord Jesus came on a mission to fulfill the Old Covenant Jewish law-system, and to establish the New Covenant relationship of grace.

Jesus taught what His Father taught. Jesus did the works that He saw His Father do. Jesus was revealing the Father’s love, and this intimate Fatherly relationship with God in heaven is heavily emphasized in the New Covenant.

As a believer, thank your Heavenly Father for your earthly father and reflect on their wisdom. It is never too late to put into practice their wisdom and experience. “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old” Proverbs 23:22. In so doing you will be honoring your father on earth and in heaven.   Happy Father’s Day!

(Published in the Marshall County Tribune)

David C. Hale, pastor

New Life Community Church

1001 Easy Street

Lewisburg, TN 37091

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