Hi and welcome back to “Abounding Grace” as we continue our discussion of the “Father Fact”. Last time we look at some striking facts concerning Jesus and we ended by saying that Jesus entire ministry was devoted to introducing the “Father God”, up until the manifestation of Jesus the Jews only knew God as “Elohim” or “Jehovah”, so when Jesus started calling God his Father it infuriated the religious people of His day. Another interesting thing about Jesus is that He made a continuous confession of His relationship to the Father and of the oneness they shared:
John.14:8-9. (Amp) Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father, that is all we ask]; then we shall be satisfied. Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father?
His whole ministry was interwoven with the Father fact. He came to do the will of the Father. Let us now continue with the fact that He came to do the Fathers will.
John.5:30. (Amp) I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord, but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.
Jesus had no selfish aspirations, He came for one purpose and one purpose only, to do what the Father had commissioned. Jesus never came to build His own kingdom, the Father had already given it to Him, He came to establish the will of God on the earth. We see in verse 36:
John.5:36. (Amp) But I have as My witness something greater (weightier, higher, better) than that of John (the Baptist); for the works that the Father has appointed Me to accomplish and finish, the very same works that I am now doing, are a witness and proof that the Father has sent Me.
The proof that the Father sent Him was the works He did. In the next verse of scripture we note that He makes a clear confession of His deity again, He also states that the people that come to Him are the people that the Father has given him. The Father has given us to Jesus so that we can carry on doing His will in the earth, our ministries should be as interwoven with the Father as Jesus’ was, we should actually be making the bold kind of confessions of who we are in Christ as Jesus made concerning His relationship to the Father. He did it, so we should do it.
John.6:37-38. (Amp) All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me]. For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will and purpose but to do the will and purpose of Him Who sent Me.
Here is a comforting thought for you and I to consider, all whom the Father has entrusted to Jesus He will never, no never reject. Then another bold statement “I came down from heaven to do the will of the Father. You know you and I have kinda grown up around Christianity and from an early age we learn a bit about the Father God, but the Jews of that day grew up being taught that they could not even say the name of God, so when Jesus comes talking about coming from heaven and calling God ‘Father’ to them it was blasphemy. Yet He continued with His bold confession of being the Son of God come to do the Fathers will.
Let us have a look at some more of Jesus confession:
John.6:57. (Amp) Just as the living Father sent Me and I live by (through, because of) the Father, even so whoever continues to feed on Me [whoever takes Me for his food and is nourished by Me] shall [in his turn] live through and because of Me.
John.7:29. (Amp) I know Him [Myself] because I come from His [very] presence, and it was He [personally] Who sent Me.
Listen to what Jesus is saying, I know my Father, because I am from Him, I came out from heaven, I have lived with Him through the ages, He sent Me, and I am doing His will here in the earth. One of the most outstanding features of Jesus’ life was His continual confession of what He was to the Father and what the Father was to Him.
John.8:29. (Amp) And He Who sent Me is ever with Me; My Father has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.
Jesus did nothing of Himself, He taught what the Father taught Him, He said the Father is with me, He has not left me alone. Why? Because He was a Father pleaser.
Each of us can be a Father pleaser, one of the main hindrances to being a Father pleaser is that we are all are imprisoned and hindered by the things we want, and many of those things do not please Him, we struggle with things that shut us away from sweet fellowship with Him.
It is time for me to say “till next time” thank you for joining me to-day and trust that the Word ministered to you, that in some way you were inspired, exhorted, encouraged or maybe even corrected by the Word of righteousness. Have a happy day and be a blessing to someone that does not deserve your favour.
A prayer to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour:
“Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from dead, I shall be saved. Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan. “I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is now my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away. Now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
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