“. . . I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”

“I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence . . .”  (John 8:28-29; 38)

 

Jesus, in His humanity, needed to be taught and led by His Father, just as I do.  Allowing Him to teach me is a choice to let God define what being human looks like — what He created me to be.

I tend to forget the reality of Jesus’ human limitations here on earth.  When I think about it and keep it in my mind, I realize that understanding this is understanding that it is possible to be more like Him than I first suppose — when I depend on the Father and not myself or others.

The decision that Jesus would leave His divinity behind when He came to earth was made for many reasons, not all of which I may understand. But surely a major one was so that I could relate to Him person to person.  When He died for me, I would know how great a price He paid, and what a love He has for me. When God raised Him from the dead, I would see that I too can be raised to eternal life.  It was surely that as I see Him praying in agony in Gethsemane until God helped Him to be strong enough to meet His fears, I can know there is no struggle so great that God will not strengthen me to meet it and pass through it.

Jesus wasn’t free from fear because He was God’s Son and could snap His fingers and cause it to disappear. He was walking in human flesh, but walking in step with His Father. He suffered in many of the same ways His people suffer:  from jealousy, rejection, being misunderstood even by His own family.  He suffered what I won’t ever have to: an excruciating death to pay the price of the world’s sin.

Prayer made it possible for Jesus not to become a victim of His circumstances.  In prayer, just as Jesus did, my spirit comes in contact with the great Creator of the universe, and the opportunity is given me to come to a common understanding with Him. I am able to adjust my will to His will.  Through that relationship, I can find my personality heightened, my love for Him reinforced, and my desire for Him most definitely deepened.

Through His Holy Spirit, God can not only put His direction into my heart; He can put His very life.  That leads me to a heart that trusts — a heart that can be helped.

                         The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:5)

O Father, thank You for reminding me that I grow, not just by meeting obstacles in Your name, but through the prayer and dependence that is induced by those obstacles.  Thank You that because of Your Word and Your Word made flesh, I can have a heart that trusts. Amen.