January 7, 2008 Ration

John 5:23b

“Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”

This truth is a governing truth over all of our lives, which has a particularly clear message for a life in the arts. This call to honor the Son is not an optional theme for the day of religion. It is the Son through whom and for whom all things are made and have their being (John 1:3). The Son, Jesus Christ, deserves all honor in everything! He deserves all our honor in all that we enjoy. And this verse says that we do not honor God the Father where we do not honor Jesus, His Son.

Artists, there are very real implications and castigations that we must hear and bear if we are ever going to enjoy the full pleasures that God has ordained to be enjoyed in artistic pleasures.

Implication – Where we do not honor the Son, we do not honor the Father, so we must not be ignorant of this anymore. This is a foundational fact of God’s pleasures. “[God] the Father loves the Son and shows him all that He Himself is doing” (John 5:20). “[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by [Christ] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through [Christ] and for [Christ]. And [Christ] is before all things, and in [Christ] all things hold together. And [Christ] is the head of the body, the church. [Christ] is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything [Christ] might be PREEMINENT. For in [Christ] all the fullness of God WAS PLEASED TO DWELL, and through [Christ] to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of [Christ’s] cross” (Colossians 1:15-20).

Is there still any confusion as to how the world has come about and who is intended to be honored by it? You are not the end of you or your artistic works. All that exists, exists for the glory of Christ! Work this out and be ignorant no more, artist. In all that God does, He does so from His love for His Son. So do not think that you can honor God while rejecting to give honor to the Son. You will miss the pleasure of God the Father altogether.

Castigation – Where we have not honored the Son, then we have dishonored the Father, so an immediate and severe repentance is in order. This verse is a interrogation lamp! It resurrects and reveals our sins of the past that we did not understand or have yet to confess. We must scour our hearts and scourge these sins with the blood of Christ’s cross. This is precisely why He took the cross, that we might know peace with God where we have so greatly dishonored Him. So, all honor be to the Son who has not only made all things, but has reconciled all things to His Father. Christ be honored!

It is clearly impossible to honor the Father while rejecting the Son. There is a mind in the arts that thinks that it can honor God merely by being excellent with its artistry, without regard for honoring and delighting in the Son in it. This mind suppresses the truth! God knows your artistic potential (dissecting the theme of being faithful with the skill endowed is for another time). God gave you your potential. He gave it to you so that you (and others) could better know and enjoy what He loves of His Son. We are fools where we commandeer the honor that is Christ’s, and then proceed to proclaim that we are honoring God with our “excellencies.” We are wrong. This is just another coat that “works-righteousness” wears.

Artists, it is not a burden to honor the Son in your pleasures, it is the only means to enjoy the potential pleasures in full. Will you not own and enjoy that Christ is their Author, and that He desires that you enjoy what He made enjoyable, with the design that you could then grow in the knowledge of how enjoyable He is? The honor of the Son is the writ of passage without which you will never taste the full pleasures of God in all that He is, and has made, and has yet to reveal!

“Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”

Jason Harms


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