Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” - John 5:19 NASB
Jesus only did what He saw the Father do.
This core truth that Jesus stated various ways and many times throughout the Gospel of John is an essential key to living the Christian life.
This particular statement highlights a number of simple truths that can set us free.
“The Son can do nothing of Himself…”
Let me restate that with a lower case ‘s’ and ‘h’
…the son (Ben) can do nothing of himself.
That right there is some good theology.
Christianity – my Christian walk – my life before God – is not about my abilities!
As soon as my Christianity become a performance, where I am doing things in my own power – it has stopped being Christ-like and has become religious.
“…He sees the Father doing…”
Next we learn that we must be connected.
Jesus will use a word picture in John 15 equating Himself to a vine and us to branches.
He will also call us a house with He and the Father as inhabitants.
Paul will call us a body with Christ as the Head, a temple with Christ as the cornerstone, a soldier dressed head to toe in Christ, to mention a few.
Christianity is seen as a religion to the world, but from the inside, it is all about relationship and connection to the Father.
“…whatever the Father does…”
This point is like the first. I can do nothing. The Father can do all things. Once I see the Father in action, I know it is done in heaven – and I can boldly ask:
Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. - Matthew 6:10 NASB
“…the Son also does in like manner.”
…the son (Ben) also does in like manner.
True Christ-likeness only comes about when I actually DO what I have seen or heard through the connection I have with the Father. [Tweet This] It is not about following principles, laws and rules. The principles are good, and helpful, but Christian victory comes through seeing and doing – hearing and obeying.
Lord, give me eyes to see You and ears to hear You this day.
Don’t forget to shine.