Certain common words, on their own, don’t have quite the same impact as when they are included in a sentence and that sentence is taken in context, and then the impact of that sentence is huge.
The word “only” is one of those words for me today.
I had the words of Jesus in mind this morning.
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
I can imagine Jesus saying, “I ONLY do what I see my Father doing.” That’s huge. Jesus is clear, saying that he can’t do anything of his own accord. With that word “only” taken out, there is less weight to the statement. It has less impact. With it, it is life changing.
It means that if the Father wasn’t doing it, Jesus wasn’t doing it. If the Father was doing it, Jesus was doing it. There was no separation between Jesus and the Father. Jesus intends for there to be no separation between us and the Father.
The other word that stands out is “sees”. “But only what he SEES the Father doing.” There is no guesswork in this for Jesus. There is no doubt. Jesus ONLY does what he SEES the Father doing. He doesn’t think the Father is doing it. He knows because he sees. He sees because he and the Father are one.
Jesus desires for us to have the same relationship with the Father as he has.
“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
Perfectly one! That really is no separation from the Father, because Jesus is in us, and the Father is in him. When he said that “no-one comes to the Father except through me,” it was because he was the only person who was one with the Father. He intended to bring others into that oneness with the Father, and he intends for you and I to live in oneness with the Father too.
To receive the bread of heaven and to eat of him is to live in oneness with him and with the Father. To ONLY do what we SEE Jesus doing, because he ONLY does what he SEES the Father doing.
There is a perfect oneness at work in Jesus. There can be a perfect oneness at work in us.
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