Title: Make Your Father Proud!"
Theme: Be the kind of child that would make God proud of you.
Object: A photo album.
Scripture: At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Mark 1:9-11
This is a photo album that has some pictures we took of our son as he was growing up. We started taking pictures of him the very first day he was born and we haven't stopped to this day. Even though he is grown, we still take pictures of him when he comes home for a visit.
Do you know why we have so many pictures of our son? It is because we love him and we are proud of him. We were proud of him on the day he was born and We were proud of him when he learned to walk and talk. We were proud of when he played Little League baseball and when he played on the soccer team. We were proud of him when he gave his heart to Jesus and when he was baptized. We were proud of him when he played his first piano recital and when he played in the high school band. We were proud of him when he graduated from high school and college.
Do you think God was proud of his Son? I know he was! How do I know? The Bible tells me so! The Bible says that when Jesus was baptized, there was a voice from heaven that said, "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
Why do you think God was proud of his Son? I think it made God proud to watch him grow. The Bible tells us that "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." (Luke 2:52) It always makes a father proud to watch his children grow in maturity and become wiser. And, of course, a father is always proud when his child is well-liked and respected by other people.
Another reason that God was proud of his Son is that Jesus always did what his Father told him to do. Do you always do what your father tells you to do? I doubt if any of us could answer "yes" to that question -- but Jesus could. Jesus said "I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me." (John 6:38) That would make a Father proud, wouldn't it?
The Bible tells us that when we trust in Jesus as our Savior, we become the children of God. Wouldn't you like to be the kind of child that would cause God to look down from heaven and say, "My child, I'm proud of you!"
Dear Lord, help us to be more like Jesus, so that we will be the kind of child of which you can be proud. Amen.
Jesus being baptized