How Did Jesus Relate To His Father? - Daughters of Promise - January 23, 2019

The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.  I John 5:10

Jesus taught each of us how to live as a child of God.  He was a Son; I am a daughter.  If I want to know what God is like and how to live in relationship to Him, I watch Jesus.  This is what it looked like. 

  • Jesus was completely submissive to His Father.  He waited for the timing of His call into ministry.  He made no autonomous decisions.  The Son is able to do nothing of His own accord; but the Son is able to do only what He sees His Father doing.  Jn. 5:19  So, Jesus surprises me in His choices.  He chose only one man to heal at the at pool of Bethesda though many wanted it.  The rich young ruler went away from Him sad but Jesus didn’t go after him.  Jesus made no wasted steps. 
  • Jesus was one with His Father.  I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  John 17: 20  This concept is repeated over and over again in John 17 – his long last heartfelt desire expressed in prayer.  It must be MORE than important.  What does it mean to be ONE with Jesus, as He is ONE with His Father?

I remember flying from New England to Atlanta some time ago.  It was turbulent, too hard to read and even music didn’t appeal.  I finally closed my eyes and said, “Lord, teach me something powerful that I do not know.”  I began to pray into that – and God gave me this picture.  I saw the Spirit of God move into my being – like He did when I was 7 yrs. old.  Then He let me see myself in Him – like a puzzle piece that He clicked in place inside His heart. I could see the edges of me, as a puzzle piece, begin to get fuzzy…like the edges were dissolving and soon, I was no longer definable.  I had melted into Jesus.

I get it, Lord.  This is what is to think, and act, and feel – as one.  Make me fully unified with You in all I think and do.  Amen

Originally published Wednesday, 23 January 2019.