Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.”
I was reading this morning, actually trying out the Greek literal translation (takes a bit of getting used to!) Whilst reading, a phrase came to mind. I remember this phrase meaning a great deal to me some years back.
“For I know where I came from and where I am going.” It is, for me, a great statement of identity. Jesus is able to bear witness about himself, because his Father bears witness about him. He knows exactly where he had come from, and exactly where he is going. There is no doubt in Jesus. He is fully conscious of his origin and fully conscious of his future. He is conscious of both because he is I Am.
“I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
That is Jesus full consciousness of where he is, where he was, and where he is to be. He is in the Father. He said,
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
For many of us, if not for all of us, identity is a big nut to crack. I mean, even for Jesus, when tempted in the wilderness, he was tested as to his consciousness of who he was, “If you are the Son of God….” It’s easy for us to be tested about our identity. “If you are a son of God, why did you do that/say that/act like that?” Or maybe that’s just me!
Our confidence must be in our origin. We have to know that we have come from the Father, that we are in the Father, and that we are going to the Father, just as Jesus knew. We can be confident that if we abide in Jesus and he in us, that we are one with I Am.
Does the Father bear witness about you and I today? What does he say? Let him say, “This is my beloved son…..”
Are we conscious of our origin? Are we conscious that we’ve come from the Father?
Are we conscious of our future? Are we conscious that we will be in the Father?
And are we conscious now, right here and now, that we are in the Father and the Father is in us?
Just as Jesus was conscious of his oneness as I Am, so we can be conscious of our oneness with I Am.
Our identity isn’t defined by what we do, whether successful or unsuccessful. It is defined by our consciousness of where we have come from and where we are going. It is defined by knowing we have come from the Father and that we are going to the Father, and that we are in the Father.
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