19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.
In order for us to have strong faith we need to understand solid teaching. Jesus spent much of His earthly ministry teaching about His relationship to the Father. It is wonderful teaching as it gives us great clarity regarding the relationship between Christ and the Father.
In His incarnation, (Christ becoming flesh, in the likeness of man) Christ came to do the will of the Father. He lived totally submitted to the Father’s will, which will had been predetermined long before Christ came as a man. In God’s trinity form, God had determined a plan to redeem fallen mankind. God agreed with God’s plan before God came in the form of man. Is that confusing? I just want to emphasize that Jesus is God and made Himself equal with God on many occasions. When Christ came to earth, the first separation of God, He came with a predetermined purpose and fulfilled it exactly as planned.
From this we learn that God is not arbitrary. Just the opposite is true; God is the ultimate engineer as He planned out just how to pay for our sin so we could be eternally reconciled to Him. Jesus was a part of that planning and fulfilled that plan in every way. So when Christ on the Cross cried out, “It is finished!” He was making a statement of utter completion of our redemption. It was at that moment that Christ ripped the curtain in the Temple thus opening, by His blood, the Holy of holies for all who would come to God through Him.
Jesus then gained all the authority of the Father and now gives eternal life to all whom He will. God loves the Son and God loves us. The Son gives us life by the love of the Father. The Son gives life because He completed the work of the Father on our behalf. This gift of love eternally demonstrates what love is: love is an act of sacrificial giving far beyond a normal gift. Thus we rejoice in these words, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but will have everlasting life.”
It is Friday and I am looking forward to Sunday. We will be in Isaiah 55 one more time. Read the last five verses of the chapter to prepare your understanding for Sunday’s message. This has been another rich study into God’s plans for His people. In the Sunday school hour the adults are studying “Joy” and will be in John 15.
Saturday night we are hosting a dinner for those who came through the Art of Marriage class. It is at my house and all who came through the class are invited.
Sunday afternoon there is a leadership meeting at 4:30. This is for all deacons, trustees, and elders.
Pray for Sunday that God will do a wonderful work in and through us. Pray that we will enjoy His presence together and rejoice in His love.
Have a great day in the Lord,