“Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.”
“Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.” What a stunning statement to make! As if Jesus is saying, “You might leave me alone, and you might think I am alone. But I can never be alone, because the Father is with me. Remember? I and the Father are one.”
We can’t be alone when we are one with the Father! The reality of the relationship that Jesus had with his Father is the reality of relationship we have as Jesus and the Father make their home in us. Can we confidently say, “Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me”?
There is bound to have been a point in time (maybe many for some) where we have all felt alone. We wouldn’t be human if not. But it seems to me that at this time the Father is encouraging us into maturity to know him, to be one with him, and to know that we can never be alone, because the Father is with us. It’s the maturity of the father’s that John writes of in his first letter. “Knowing him who is from the beginning.”
As I’ve said before, wherever the Father is, there is home. And the Father confirms to us that we will never be alone by saying,
“Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.”
Always. This is another word that fits with those others that Jesus uses, “all” and “everything”. It’s a word that shows us the allness of God. If allness is not a word it should be!
If we have heard the Father confirm to us that we are always with him and consequently he with us, then we can confidently say as Jesus said,
“Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.”