Today’s Gospel Reading: John 5:17-30 – 4th WEEK OF LENT: Wednesday, 3 April 2019
What was the source of Jesus’ power? What was the secret of His success in healing people of their physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds? The obvious answer, of course, is that He could perform those miracles because He is the Son of God. Yet scripture shows us that Jesus’ relationship with His Father was so deep, so close, that He could speak as though He Himself could do nothing, but only what He saw the Father doing (John 5:19).
Throughout His ministry, Jesus spoke of His Father as the source of His power. He spoke of being “in” the Father, just as the Father is “in” Him (John 10:38). He addressed Him as Abba, an Aramaic word meaning Dad or “Papa” (Mark 14:36). He spoke of His desire to do only what His Father wished (John 6:38) and to speak only the words the Father gave Him (John 8:28). Jesus’ life was one of constant prayer to His Father (Luke 6:12; Matthew 14:23) as He allowed the Holy Spirit to lead Him and empower Him (Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:18).
What does all this mean for us? It means that when we look at Jesus, we see God the Father Himself. When we see Jesus’ mercy, compassion, self-sacrifice, and great love, we are witnessing a perfect portrayal of God. What a corrective this is to our views of God as a wrathful judge or distant observer!
During this Lenten season of grace, let us come to our heavenly Father in prayer each day, confident in His love for us. Let us humble ourselves and confess how totally dependent we are upon Him. He wants to enfold us in His arms and fill us with His Holy Spirit. Through Jesus, we can experience an intimacy with our loving Father that surpasses anything we can imagine. Like Jesus, we can even be empowered to bring the Father’s love and healing to others. We too will do the works of Jesus, and even greater works, and so bring glory to our loving, heavenly Father (John 14:12,13,21; 17:26).
Jakarta, 3 April 2019
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