One of the coolest characters in the Star Wars Universe comes today, but as a child. It’s Boba Fett. One of the interesting details from Attack of the Clones was Jango Fett wanting to raise one of the clones as his own child. The Clones were well-trained, but I think many would say none could come close to the prowess and skill of Boba Fett.
Boba would continue to learn and train after his father’s death, but what Jango instilled in him laid a foundation for his life. The importance of fathers. They wield such influence on their children’s lives whether they intend to or not.
Children are viewed as innocent, and rightly so. They are full of life and joy, and see the best in others. When I think of some of the most evil people in the world, I wonder about their upbringing. I wonder about the influence their parents had on them. It’s not always a direct correlation, but often you can see the parental influence in an individual’s life choices. Good or bad.
Jesus was a baby. Jesus was a child. He had his Earthly parents in Joseph and Mary. I often wonder the depth of influence they had on him. We do know Jesus yearned for his Father. The only story of Jesus as a child is him staying behind in the Temple to be with his Father. (Luke 2:41-51)
Boba as a young boy clung to his father, Jango. He only said and did what his father told him to do, and it set him on the course of his life. Jesus only said and did what the Father told him, and it led him to the cross.
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
–John 5:19 (ESV)
For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.
–John 12:49 (ESV)
The power of fathers over children. Even if we don’t have good fathers, we have someone to follow in Jesus who had the best Father. A father for all of us.
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
God settles the solitary in a home;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
–Psalm 68:5-6 (ESV)
We are all God’s children. Yes, we were born with a sin nature, but we were still young, innocent and malleable at one point. Who is going to be the influence in our lives? Jesus wants to be the influence so we can experience life to the fullest. Because Jesus’ influence while he was here on Earth was Father God, and it’s a father all of us can have no matter the environment of our upbringing.
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
–Mark 10:13-16 (ESV)