Christ’s Unity with and Obedience to the Father
Throughout the New Testament we are told about Christ’s unity with the Father. Their connection is eternally intimate, and it is not bound by time or space, like human relationships. Their unity is more than we can comprehend on this side of eternity. While we cannot conceive of the depth of this truth, we are able to catch glimpses of it in the Scriptures. In John 12, we get a glimpse on Jesus’ unity with the Father:
And Jesus cried out and said, ‘Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me.’ -John 12:44-45, ESV
Jesus’ unity with the Father runs so deep that he is able to say that if you believe in him and see him then you believe and see the Father. This is an essential aspect of Christianity that many people do not understand. The Father and the Son are not two different deities. Christianity does not create two more gods in the Son and Holy Spirit, rather Christianity gives us more information about the God revealed to us in the Old Testament. God is three persons unified by deity and purpose. This passage highlights the Trinity’s unity. Not only are Jesus and the Father unified, but Jesus also shows amazing obedience to the Father’s will. John 12:46-50 says:
‘I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.’
This passage contains many truths that I could dive into, but I want to highlight the obedience that Jesus’ tells us about. Jesus did not come into this world to fulfill his own mission. Jesus came into this world to complete the Father’s mission. This is why Jesus says, “For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.” Jesus’ authority and his teachings come from the Father. Through Jesus’ teachings, Jesus shows his undying obedience to the Father. Not only that, Jesus’ obedience shows us his unity with the Father. John 17:1-5 says:
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.’
Jesus knew that he was going to be betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus knew that he was going to go to the cross and pay for the sins of mankind. Jesus knew the future, yet he still went to the cross. And through his death, Jesus showed his amazing obedience to the Father and his united mission with the Father…to save people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.
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Posted on July 30, 2012, in Christianity, Theology and tagged Christianity, God, Jesus Christ, John 12:44-50, reformed theology, Salvation, theology, Trinity, truth. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.