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One with the Father

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church about 1 month ago | 3284 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

During this Advent Season, the focus of our pastor’s sermons has been on the deity of Christ.  That theme came through this morning as I read from John 8.  Jesus was talking with the scribes and Pharisees again.  He emphasized that He was the light of the world.  Only God could be the light of the world.

When the Pharisees questioned His witness about Himself, He informed them that His testimony is true and His judgment is true along with the Father’s Who sent Him, stressing that He came from the Father as His only son.  He emphasized that His Father bore witness to Him.

When they asked about His Father, Jesus replied that if they had known Him, they would have known the Father too, again stressing that He and the Father were one.  When He told them He was going away, they wondered if He would kill Himself.  He told them that they were from below, from this world, but He was from above, not of this world.  This again pointed to His being from the Father; from the Father’s world as a part of that world in unity with the Father.

This conversation prodded them to ask His identity.  He had already told them in a previous conversation that He was from the Father and the Father had sent Him.  He reminded them that He had told them that and again said that He was from the Father.  Over and over He spoke of His unity with the Father, but they didn’t understand that He was speaking to them of the Father.

Jesus then turned to His crucifixion.  He said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own authority, but speak just as the Father taught Me.  He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”  No one does always the things that please the Father except the perfect son of the Father, the Lord Jesus.

Later they claimed to have one Father-even God.  Jesus told them, If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I came from God and I am here.  I came not of My own accord, but He sent Me.”

A little while later He told them that Abraham rejoiced that he would see Him.  He told them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”  That statement capped the entire conversation because they knew that He was claiming to be God. 

This chapter from John has again pointed us to what our pastor has been preaching in the last weeks.  The Lord Jesus is truly God in the flesh, one with the Father and the Spirit as a member of the Godhead.  May this season and all seasons draw from our hearts worship of the Lord Jesus as our Lord and God.



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