The Authority of the Son & Witnesses to Jesus

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Reflection on the Gospel of the Wednesday

In The Fourth Week In Lent

John 5:17-30

“I can do nothing on my own.
As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just,
because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”

Jesus was totally dependent on the Father, and deferred to the Father in everything he did. His relationship with the Father as man was awesome, and that is what we see in the Gospels; the face of God. In the Old Testament, man was forbidden to make an image/photo or graven image to represent or be representative of God. Now here was Jesus the revelation of God in Body and Spirit. This then was the authority of Jesus; his relationship with God. On the fundamental level God, yes, but also on the human level – intimate. Both deferred to the other, in love. A similar reference on a smaller level is made in the Book of Genesis, when God is on his way to Sodom and stops and says…, ‘The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do.”‘ Indeed God values his relationships, and even gives his friends opportunities to change his mind, only for them to discover his wisdom.

But this Gospel Passage also invites us to get into such a relationship with God.

 

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