WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS. No.214
JESUS GROWS OLDER.
As baby Jesus grew older He lived an ordinary life, in an extra-ordinary way. Nothing was dramatic about His early life, that we know of anyway. Not until He was thirty years old did His true ministry to the world begin. BUT, in all that time He never sinned or did anything wrong - ever! Now that was so astonishing that people all around Him must have been amazed at this child. And then later when He was a man they must have greatly respected Him.
Can you imagine a child who never gets jealous, never tells tales, never has a bad temper tantrum, never cheeks his parents?
Well, Jesus Christ would never have done any of those wrong things, or any other wrong things either. If He had sinned, He could never have died to save us from our sin. He would not have been the Perfect Lamb of God, would He. He is the only child who ever lived who never sinned at all. He is the only Man Who never sinned at all.
Even Jesus, the Son of God, obeyed
His earthly parents. This was because it was good and right to do so. Zachary
said one day to his Dad, “It isn’t really fair, Dad. Us kids have to obey
you and Mum, but you get to do what ever you want to, and you never have
to obey anyone.” Dad said that wasn’t so. Well what Dad said was proved
to be true a day or two later. The family were in their car going down
the highway, when they saw a police car with flashing lights by the road-side.
A police man put out his arm for them to stop.
He said to Dad,
“We are doing random breathe tests. You have to breathe into this breath-a-lyzer. We want to see if you have been drinking alcohol and are over the limit !”
Now Zach and Nardia’s Dad didn’t drink alcohol at all. But he didn’t get furious and refuse to take the test. He said, “All right, sir.” And he took the test. “You had to obey that time, Dad,” said Nardia. “That’s right. And I have to obey all the laws of the land, and my boss at work, and the tax people - and lots of others as well,” Dad replied.
The family God puts us in is the very
first “govern-ment” we have to obey. It is like a smaller kind of a society,
with leaders and rules like a small land. In the home God wants us to learn
how to fit in with other people, and learn to obey. Why do we have to obey
other people? This is the only way that society can work. Other-wise every-one
would be just doing their own thing, and we would have a horrible mess.
It will be law-less-ness. In your home Dad is the first leader you have,
then Mum, and the kids must obey. But kids sure have the right to be treated
well, and to have love and kindness from the parents. God intends that
should be so:
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath [ don’t be unfair and too stern, and cause the children to be distressed and angry ] : but bring them up in the nurture [care] and admonition [ proper teaching about respect ] of the Lord. “ (Ephesians 6:1-4).
The baby Jesus learned what obedience
was all about, just like all of us do. He was not too proud to give in
to others in author-ity. I hope you are ready to fit in and obey as well!
Here is what the Bible says about Jesus obeying:
“Though he [ Jesus Christ ] were a Son [ of God], yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; “ (Hebrews 5:8).