The Father Revealer
Author: A.W. Tozer
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
In John’s Gospel, we have the record of Jesus telling the people of His day that He could do nothing of Himself. He said, “The Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19). It was on the strength of such testimony that the Jewish leaders wanted to stone Him for blasphemy.
How strange it is that some of the modern cults try to tell us that Jesus Christ never claimed to be God. Yet those who heard Him 2,000 years ago wanted to kill Him on the spot because He claimed to be one with the Father.
God’s revelation of Himself is complete in Jesus Christ, the Son. No longer need we ask, “What is God like?” Jesus is God. He has translated God into terms we can understand.
We know how He feels toward a fallen woman: “`Neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin'” (John 8:11).
We know how He feels toward fishermen and workmen and common people: “‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men'” (Mark 1:17).
We know what God thinks of babies and little children: “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these'” (Matthew 19:14).
Jesus gave them this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’ John 5:19
So exact is the union of the Son and the Father, with unbroken communion between them, that the Son does the same things the Father would do. They are one in nature. Jesus Christ is God.
Thank You, Lord, You reveal to me the heart of the Father. I can know what He is like because of You.