“I and my father are one” – John 10:30
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus who was God manifest in human flesh was never out of fellowship with the Father before the cross.
A vital fact to be seen upon Jesus’ incarnation as documented in the synoptic accounts is that Jesus was never out of fellowship with God. He (Jesus) was in constant fellowship with God. Moreover, you will also observe that in His words or prayers to God as seen in the synoptic accounts, He does not refer or call God God, rather constantly He kept calling Him (God) Father. Our opening text is a perfect example. What did Jesus mean by this? It means that He is not separate from the Father. The word, ‘father’ which was translated from the Greek word, ‘pater’ means source. In essence, Jesus was saying ‘I and my source are one’. His source is His Father. He is not different from His Father. He is the Father manifest. Jesus never called God, God. He kept referring to God as Father all through the synoptic account in His earthly walk. This was to make known the fact of an unending or unbroken relationship and fellowship which He had with the Father. Was Jesus ever out of fellowship with God before the cross?
No!! This is why He kept referring to God as Father which speaks of an unending relationship and fellowship. This same fact is echoed in chapter 17 of the same account which reads “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom hast given me where I am; that they may be behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovest me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me” (John 17:22-25). By reading this account alone, you could see how deep and dear His relationship was with the Father.
Now observe Jesus’ words in John 20:17, “Jesus said unto her, touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my father, and your father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God”. Jesus speaking to Mary here in this text lets Mary know that God who is His Father is now Mary’s Father upon His resurrection. This is establishing the fact of the reality of the born again man; that is, the born again is fathered by God because he is born of God. The born again man who is indwelt by the Spirit is in the family of God with Christ. Thus, the same relationship Jesus had with the Father in His earthly walk, is the same relationship the born again man has with the Father. God is God to all, but He is Father only to those He begat. This is why Paul echoes in Romans 8:15 that the spirit of adoption in us cries Abba father. God is our Father, we are His children; we are in an unending or unbroken relationship and fellowship with God our father. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that God is beyond a friend to you but that He is your Father.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for making me a part of your family in Christ. You are my Father and the Spirit of adoption in me cries out Abba father, Amen.
QUOTE: God and man is in an inseparable union in Christ
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 8