One of the scripture texts that has been a lifelong guide is John 5:19-20: “Truly, Truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing on his own authority, but only what he sees his Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he is doing; and greater than these will he show him, that you may marvel.”
As I wrote in the book, there is one thing that Jesus cannot do – He cannot do anything based on His own volition. This is much more than a mental attitude that constantly asks “What would God do in this situation?” That mindset is little more than a sanctified rationalization based on what we think God would do based on our own understanding of Him.
In order to better comprehend Christ’s posture toward His Father, consider Paul’s words in Philippians 2:5 – 8: “Let your bearing toward one another arise out of your life in Christ Jesus. For the divine nature was his from the first; yet he did not think to snatch at equality with God, but made himself nothing, assuming the nature of a slave. Bearing the human likeness, revealed in human shape, he humbled himself, and in obedience accepted even death – death on a cross.”
The divine nature was His nature and the mind of God was His mind. He could have done anything He wanted to do and said anything He wanted to say. But He chose otherwise. Why?
Let’s look again at John 5:20: “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that He is doing. What the Father does, the Son does.” Jesus enjoyed an intimate, loving relationship with His Father and was obedient, not because He expected to receive a reward in return, but because He loved His Father.
Notice the underlined words. Those words are in the present tense – in the NOW. As He walked through each day, He could see and hear His Father speaking and ministering in the moment. When people encountered Jesus, they were actually encountering His Father speaking and ministering to them – “He who has seen me has seen the Father.”
Why focus on this point so strongly? Jesus, His Father and the Holy Spirit came to live in each one of us when we accepted Jesus as our Savior and Lord.
In addition, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. So, Jesus is still not doing anything on His own volition but is only doing what He sees His Father doing. And since Pentecost, Jesus is sharing everything He sees and hears with the Holy Spirit Who leads us into all truth.
The Lord is doing a new thing in these last days that will eclipse everything He has done in the past. The Father seeks those He can reveal Himself to so that He can accomplish the greater work He has reserved for these last days. He only asks that we submit our will to Him so that He can carry out His will through us.
As we yield our selves to God in love, He will manifest His love to us and through us, and reveal what He is doing. Then, those who see His works will see Christ in us lifted up by the power of the Holy Spirit to draw all men and women to Him.
May the Lord richly bless you, :o) Bill