NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.


As parents, grandparents, mentors, teachers, and big brother/sisters we can be the kind of shepherd/guides that Jesus said we should all pray for. What is the relational work in the Kingdom of God, that instills a sense of meaning and direction in others? Your mission if you choose to accept it, will be to help those that are harassed and helpless.


Research over many decades has shown that a secure relationship is the most important foundation of effective parenting. Children who have secure attachments tend to be happier, kinder, more socially competent, and more trusting of others, and they have better relations with parents, siblings, and friends. They do better in school, stay physically healthier, and create more fulfilling relationships as adults.[1]


Not only was Jesus the proto-shepherd archetype, but he was also the demonstration of what it means to be secure and intimate in the parent/child paradigm.


Listen to Jesus’ description of his relationship as the Son of God.



Matthew 11:

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.



When Jesus praises the Father for hiding truth from the worldly wise and instead giving insight to children, he is of course referring to the way that his Father had taught him. The people of the world that built their life on pride and self-sufficiency would reject Jesus and his message that opposed the prevailing narrative. The Kingdom of God had to be learned out of a loving relationship with a Father. That’s what is so distinctive about Jesus and his identity. He learned things that could not be learned apart from his own familial dynamic.


In both his incarnate and eternal state as Son, Jesus and the Father know each other in an exclusive way, which in biblical language means that they enjoy an exclusive relationship. For Jesus as Son, the Father is “my Father.” They enjoy a direct, intuitive, and immediate knowledge that is grounded in their divine relationship as Father and Son. As such, what the Father and Son share stands apart from all human relationships and all human knowledge.[2]




I don't necessarily endorse all content from this site but it's always good to get different perspectives.

Related posts