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Jesus Does the Father's Will 

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Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19 NASB95)

 

 

 

So many people have two views of God--one as an angry, unloving, harsh, Old Testament God that just judges without mercy, commands without love and is intolerant of most things we might deem acceptable or even pleasurable.    daily devotionals

 

They see Jesus as the gentle, loving, kind one who eats with sinners, forgives without question and tolerates all manner of things that the strict and restrictive Old Testament God would never allow.

 

However, God is not some bipolar being with two natures completely opposed to each other. Jesus did not come to earth to tell everyone that all of the previous commands and standards had been done away with and that we are free to just “be ourselves”, to live however we want and that He accepts us no matter what. In fact, quite the opposite--Jesus came to fulfill all that the Father had written. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus says, “Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” Jesus Christ came to earth as both God and Man to live a perfect life and to uphold every aspect of God’s will and Word that we continually fail to do. He completely kept the Law that God established for us. Everything that He did was in submission to the Father’s good plan which was set up from before time began.

 

This is incredible news for us, because the God of the Old Testament is our Father too. He loves us more than we can fathom, but He does expect us to live up to those perfect standards of righteousness that He set up for our good and His glory. But, because He IS loving, and because we do not meet that standard as we sin and fail daily, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to take our place and to meet God’s standard for us. On our behalf Jesus took our sin upon Himself and was crucified and raised again by the Father so that death and sin would die with Him, and so that we can be raised to new life by repenting and trusting in that perfect life and sacrifice. That is why Jesus ate with sinners and forgave adulterers. Not because He was saying that they were fine the way they were--but because He was perfect FOR them, and He came to save and rescue them OUT of their sin. He does the same for us when we repent and put our full trust in Him and in the perfect work that He did in following the Father’s plan.

 

“Dear Father in Heaven, I know that I have sinned and daily fall short of Your standards. Forgive my sins as I repent and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ Who did Your will perfectly on my behalf.  I  love You and thank You for sending Jesus and saving me through His sacrifice. In His Name, I pray. Amen.”

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