Honoring Father and Son

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.  He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

John 5:22-23

In this passage, the Jews were angry at Jesus because, in verse 17, He had claimed that God was His Father, thus making Himself equal with God.  They were seeking to kill Him because of this supposed blasphemy.  But they never stopped to think about the possibility that it was true.  They never thought that He might actually be the Son of God and that He might actually be equal with God.  They never understood what He was trying to tell them: that honouring the Father meant honouring the Son.

If we want to give honour to God, we need to give honour to His Son.  He loves His Son more than anything and has given Him all things.  “…the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth.”  The Bible is very clear about the equality of God the Father and God the Son, and it is important for us to recognize it as such.  It is also very clear about the Father’s love for the Son and we should love Him just as much.

We can’t pick and choose Who we are going to honour in this situation.  If we would love and honour the Lord God, we need to love and honour His Son, Jesus.  And, if we are honouring Jesus, we are honouring God the Father also.  We should be careful to whom we give honour.  Not everyone is deserving of honour.  But God is worthy, and Jesus is worthy.  Are we honouring them both today?

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