Please the Father!

“And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him” (John 8:29 ESV).

Every day was a Father’s Day for Jesus.  He announced that he and the Father are one (e.g. John 10:30).  Because He claimed to be God, the Jewish leaders accused him of blasphemy (John 10:33).  Jesus had a unique relationship of unity with God the Father – a unity which is only possible if Jesus is both divine and human.

The unity of the Father with the Son is hard for Christians to understand; theories regarding the nature of the relationship between Jesus’ deity and His humanity have created numerous schisms (divisions) in the church.  One thing is clear, however.  Jesus was so connected to the heavenly Father that Jesus always pleased the Father and always knew the Father’s presence.  Because he pleased the Father, Jesus enjoyed the Father’s continued blessing.  The Father sanctioned (authorized and empowered) the actions of the Son because the Son always pleased the Father.  Jesus did those things which please the Father and in turn the Father continued to direct and instruct Jesus.  Jesus pleased the Father.

Today, please the Father.  Be obedient to his word, the Bible, and to those who are in authority in your life.  Live for his glory and for His honor – not your own – and when you do, you will know the deep abiding presence and smile of the heavenly Father.  Take up your cross and follow the Savior.  In doing so, you will have unity with the Father.