“So Jesus explained himself at length. ‘I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing.’” (John 5: 19-20, The Message Bible)
Jesus was very clear on this fact. His disciples witnessed their Master’s wonderful works of healing and his inspired and vital teachings. They were aware that something remarkable was going on. But Jesus seemed insistent that they really get it.
So, he, who often spoke in parables, was straightforward on this point: Jesus never did any of his marvelous work alone. All that he did was because Jesus was one with his Father, the expression of God’s own doing, His law, and His purpose. Jesus clearly knew himself as the Son of God, and understood also what that meant.
It meant that he was always included. It meant that Jesus was a living witness to God’s saving and sustaining presence. Jesus was consciously confident, as we can be as well, that his Father loved him. Jesus knew that this Love was not separate from the child, not something that was apart from his own living and being and doing.
We can’t do anything independently of our Father-Mother either. But, the wonderful thing that Jesus was telling us straight was that all that he did, all that was so glorious, is possible to us as well. For we have the same Source and we each have our own unbreakable relationship with the power and the glory of God and His infinite Life and Truth and Love.
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