Allright gentlemen, it is good to be back with you. In continuing the journey of sonship, and continuing to look at the paradigm of our Our Lord with his Heavenly Father, we need to look at how it is that our Lord pursued his sonship mission by carrying out the will of the Father, following His commandments, and the mission He bestowed.
Fathoming Christ’s entire life as oriented toward accomplishing the tasks and mission of His Father’s will is an integral part of divine sonship. The journey of communion with the Father is to not only know Him, but also to do what he commands. In this way, one can find that
peace and contentment he desires. “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:9-11). No question, our completeness as sons is accomplished when we realize the summons of our fathers—that one in heaven as well as on earth.
Certainly, what the Heavenly Father requires is oftentimes difficult; yet, upon our shoulders should faith be placed that the Father is with us—that He will guide us and strengthen us in the mission to which He directs us. This was the test of His only begotten Son on the journey
to Calvary. The test of the Christian man is to face the sturdiest hardships, even unto death, in obedience to the Father. “So Jesus said, ‘When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me. The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him” (Jn 8:28-29). What is fearsome to all men is to put that trust in God the Father that He will assist us in even the worst of trials. The way of the cross gives us that paradigm to follow; supplying the image of strength. And when we accept it, the Father is pleased.
So go now, and move forward in this part of your journey of sonship....