|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”
Our Bible verse for today: “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does the same things.” John 5:19 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Like Father, like Son”
The term “Like father; like son” is used to explain how it is that sons often mirror their fathers in appearance, mannerisms, hobbies, and professions. But that’s also true of children in general, boys and girls alike. Children are heavily influenced by their parents and often end up becoming very much like their parents.
In John 5:19 Jesus told us that during His ministry years He did nothing on His own but rather, He represented the Father and did only what the Father wanted done. The Amplified Bible is a little more helpful in it’s translation of this verse, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself (of His own accord) …
Okay, that’s helpful: “of His own accord …” He did nothing of His own accord but rather, He did what the Father wanted done in any situation. In other words, Jesus was doing exactly what the Father would be doing if the Father was there Himself doing it. “Like Father; like Son”.
This brings us back to the lesson we learned in previous devotionals that if you want to know God, study Jesus. So, if you want to know how God feels about hardened sinners, read the story of Jesus reaching out to and calling the tax collectors Matthew (Matthew 9:9-13) and Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). If you want to know if God will forgive someone guilty of terrible sins, read the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), or the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:4-42). If you want to know what God is thinking when you have strayed from Him but have now repented, read the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). In all of those cases Jesus is showing us the exact feelings and responses of our Father in heaven.
When He was here on earth Jesus did what the Father would have done had He been here dealing with the same situation. Like Father, like Son.
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