Jesus gave them this answer: “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. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.
If you were ever to ask someone, “what is God like?”What kind of answer do you think you would get? I have so often been questioned as I speak forth about the grace of God, been told that we do not preach enough about he would inflict wrath sickness and judgment on sinners. It seems that they have forgotten they too are sinners.
As we continue our journey with Jesus, we find that Jesus gives us a fresh revelation what his Father is like. Often we see Jesus as compassionate, his Father as angry – Jesus being the one shielding the wrath of his father away from us. That my friend is not what the Bible reveals.
Jesus said ““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. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.” This simply means that Jesus does what his father shows him. He does exactly what his father does.
Dear friends, do you know the context of this statement? He has just healed a man who was sick for 38 years on a Sabbath. This is not just what Jesus did, this is what the Father did. Dear friends, yes, its’ true. The Father wants to heal, the Father wants you to rest from your labour and enter into His rest. The Father’s compassion is the Son’s compassion.
What the Son did on earth is what the Father did. Every tender touch, every endearing moment he spent with his disciples, every joy he shared, every suffering, even the cross. Paul tells us in Colossians, that God was in Christ reconciling the whole world to Himself and that the fullness of the deity was in Jesus. (1:22; 2:9)
So the next time some tells you that God gives you sickness, illness or judgment as a punishment for your sins, think again. Look unto Jesus, he was punished for your sins. Think of the Garden when he drank that cup. Think of what he did on the Roman courtyard where he was flocked. Think of Herod’s court when he was spat at and humiliated. Think of the cross, when the sins of the world was laid upon him. Now think of this when all that happened to Jesus, think of this – Jesus said “I can do only what I see my Father is doing, because whatever the Father does I also do. For the Father loves me and shows me all he does.”
Finally think of this- one chapter ago, Jesus had just said “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Thought of the day
Receive your healing, restoration and wholeness in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. It is the will of the Father.