Wednesday 31 December, 2014

John 5:19-29

19 Jesus answered, “What I’m about to tell you is true. The Son can do nothing by himself. He can do only what he sees his Father doing. What the Father does, the Son also does. 20 This is because the Father loves the Son. He shows him everything he does. Yes, you will be amazed! The Father will show him even greater things than these. 21 “The Father raises the dead and gives them life. In the same way, the Son gives life to anyone he wants to. 22 “Also, the Father does not judge anyone. He has given the Son the task of judging. 23 Then all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Those who do not honor the Son do not honor the Father, who sent him. 24 “What I’m about to tell you is true. Anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He will not be found guilty. He has crossed over from death to life. 25 “What I’m about to tell you is true. A time is coming for me to give life. In fact, it has already begun. The dead will hear the voice of the Son of God. Those who hear it will live. 26 “The Father has life in himself. He has also allowed the Son to have life in himself. 27 And the Father has given him the authority to judge. This is because he is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not be amazed at this. A time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice. 29 They will all come out of their graves. Those who have done good will rise and live again. Those who have done evil will rise and be found guilty.

This is a picture of perfect unity between Jesus and the Father. He only does what He sees the Father doing.  As a man, apart from God, He knows that can do nothing of eternal significance. But with God He has power and authority.

This is such an important model for us – to live in daily communion with God’s Spirit and to ask Him to show us how we can be a part of what He is doing.

I can so easily rush off for the day and forget to ask the Holy Spirit to lead me in what He has for me to do that day. And that leads to striving in my own strength and getting stressed and worn out.

This is a timely reminder, especially at this busy time of year, for me to stop and look for what the Father is doing. May I find His strength and His peace as I move through each day with Him.

Written by Shelley Witt

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