|Joshua 3-4||Ecclesiastes 4:1-6||John 5|
Today I would like to encourage you to read John 5 focusing on the words of Jesus about the relationship between the Father and the Son and the Son’s authority in this world.
I choose to focus on this tex today in part because of the Maudy Thursday, and the events of the day, Jesus having a last meal with his folowers.
“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.”
In many ways that is the whole ministry of Christ: revealing who the Father is in a way that the people around him would understand who he is and follow him. How many times did people question who he was? Or what authority he has to cast demons or to heal and forgive sins? And Jesus answers them: The Father sent me.
A simple and yet powerful answer, who I am is who the Father is, what I am doing is what I see the Father doing. I really like that answer. In part because it reminds me of who I am as a follower of Jesus, I am one that He sent, one that he empowered, one that he comissioned to go and show the father’s love.
So today I would encourage you to remember Jesus’s authority and remember that he chooses you to be a reflection of who he is.