Sometimes our fathers ask difficult things of us. However, the task that our Heavenly Father asked his Son to accomplish was greater than them all. Atoning for the weight of the sins of mankind is simply something that we can’t imagine.
It’s too much to comprehend and it was difficult to face, even for Christ. But he prayed fervently in the Garden of Gethsemane, shortly before his crucifixion, he prayed “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).
Here he humbly asks his father if there is an alternative, but recognizes that He is not the one in charge. He understands his place and his relationship between Him and his Father. This means that when faced with a monumental task, Jesus submitted his will to His Father. This was surely a decision made out of love and respect for his Father. Jesus surely knew that this would be agonizing ordeal, and still obeyed his Father’s will.
This is a great example to us in the roles of fathers and sons. As fathers, we really do need to find what is best for children, to be wise and see the big picture. We need to have a loving relationship and the respect from our children so that when we ask them to do hard things, they will listen and obey even though they may not want to.
As sons can teach us how we are to love and respect our fathers and to humbly submit that to their righteous requests.
Question: What can I do to teach my children to love and respect my will when it is righteous?