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Throughout His Word, God defines Himself in very relational terms. He never wanted to be distant from us. When He created mankind in the Garden of Eden, His heart’s desire was to walk and talk with man in a relational way… and to meet their needs. I have to wonder if this is why God created our earthly relationships in this way.
Nearly every type of relationship we have in this life reflects in some way what we have in Jesus.
- Our Father…
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God. – Romans 8:16
I was truly blessed to have an earthly father I could rely on. But in our culture today, many aren’t so lucky. The Bible tells us that God is Father to the fatherless. In fact, God is referred to our Father throughout the entire Bible. While pagan cultures had their gods and their idols, the Israelites had a Father. This alone demonstrates God’s heart for us. He’s not looking for subjects… rather He wants to make us His children. And as our Father, we can come to Him as any child would approach their loving Father.
- Our Shepherd…
I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. – John 10:11
Are you in need of guidance? Jesus referred to Himself as the “good shepherd.” And even David trusted God as his shepherd in Psalm 23. When we need direction in our lives, we can trust that God will never lead us astray.
- Our Friend…
No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. – John 15:15
Jesus called His disciples “friends.” What I find most interesting about this passage is why Jesus referred to them as friends… Slaves don’t know what their master is doing, but friends communicate. We don’t serve a god who doesn’t talk to us, rather our God communicates to us through His Word and through His Holy Spirit. In this way, we can approach Him as a friend… a friend we can share anything and everything with.
- Our Brother…
For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. – Romans 8:29 (NLT)
In His ministry, Jesus spoke of what it means to be “born again.” Every time a person bows the knee to Jesus, they are spiritually reborn… they pass from death into life… they are a new creation. We are spiritually born into the family of God, and Jesus was the firstborn. He served as our example of the Christian life, born of the Spirit.
- Our Husband…
For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. – 2 Corinthians 11:2 (NLT)
We are the bride of Christ, and He is our bridegroom. Do you ever find yourself in need of intimacy? Perhaps you are struggling in your marriage. Or maybe you are single and long for companionship. We can find intimacy in our relationship with Jesus. He will be our comfort in lonely or difficult times.
- Our Savior…
We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:14
This is probably the relationship we hear about the most. Jesus died to save the world. But have you ever truly sat back and thought about what this means? Your Father, your Shepherd, your Friend, your Brother, your Husband… He gave His life to be with you.
- Our King…
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king….” – John 18:36-37
The story didn’t end at the cross… Jesus is now King of kings and Lord of lords! His kingdom will never end!
And you, my friend, are a part of it all.
Truly, Jesus meets all of our needs. He is our everything in every season of life.
Like I said, we serve a very relational God. Throughout His Word, He refers to Himself using all our earthly relational terms. These terms help us to understand how He sees us, and they demonstrate His heart.
God loves us more than we can possibly fathom and in every way possible.
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.