Like father, like son

John 5:19-24

Boys love to mimic their fathers. When they are young, boys study their father’s every move. They walk, talk, and eat like their dad. Boys love to do things as their father does them. Some boys even grow up to work with their fathers in business. In these and other instances, we like to say, “Like father, like son.”

As Jesus went about his ministry, the Pharisees scrutinized his every move. Even as Jesus healed the sick, gave eyesight to the blind and even raised the dead, they were critical of him at every turn. What’s worse, they took great exception to Jesus calling God his Father. But even in their angst, they could not deny the great works performed by Jesus according to his Father’s will.

Jesus calls all God’s people to follow his example of humble service. Love God with all your heart. Love your neighbor as yourself. These are the two greatest commandments. Fulfilling these, we minister to those whom God has placed within our midst. Following the example of Christ, we do the will of the Father, whose good pleasure it is to save people from sin and grant eternal life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to follow your ways through your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

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