The Son can do nothing of his own accord ...

This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 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. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.

Many still today stumble over Jesus' claims - they are a bit outrageous from a purely human point of view. Before him no one ever dared call God their Father. So, the reactions of the Jews were somewhat predictable.. many religious people, even today, are angered when they hear that Jesus is "the" way to God. Even so, Jesus is the gatekeeper to the sheepfold and no one enters the fold unless Jesus lets them in. It is a challenging thought for both Christians and others because it makes it all about Jesus and not about our doctrinal rules.

I think of intimate unity when Jesus speaks of only doing what the Father is doing. We see that intimacy reflected when the Son speaks of the love that he and the Father share. Even in the confines of human flesh Jesus shows us an intimacy that he has with the Father. In the gospels we see this intimate love poured out as Jesus is moved by compassion and lovingly touches so many. In this compassion we see the love of the Father and his purpose in doing greater works.. and I believe that those greater works continue yet today.

Help me to know you more intimately Lord. I long for you.

1 comment:

  1. Sunday at the Retirement Center where Don was filling in, he preached that very message using the Lord's Prayer.... we call him "Father".....What a precious term.


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