The Will of Jesus

Matthew 26:39 NASB
“And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

Because Jesus was fully man, in the flesh, while at the same time being fully God, Jesus had a will of His own, that was both independent from His Father, yet at the same time, fully in step with His Father’s will. Jesus literally told us that He did nothing of Himself, for even His words and all that He did, He received and was shown by His and our Father.

John 5:30 NASB
““I can do nothing on My own. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.” Emphasis is mine.

John 14:10 NASB
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own, but the Father, as He remains in Me, does His works.” Emphasis is mine.

John 12:49 NASB
“For I did not speak on My own, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.” Emphasis is mine.

These three Scriptures are but a very small sample of how Jesus explained and demonstrated to us how He and His and our heavenly Father worked together while Jesus was among us here on earth in the flesh. Now I am obviously no theologian and I doubt if I understand all of the intricacies that existed between Jesus and God our Father, but I do see that Jesus did have a will of His own and that His own will was directly in step with, or in subjection to, His Father’s will, always, without fail.

John 4:34 NASB states:
“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.”

Notice Whose work Jesus said He was to accomplish. And the mere fact that Jesus told us that He could do nothing on His own and Jesus also told us that we could do nothing without Him, (John 15:5) should alert us to the source of all that is good, which is God our heavenly Father. Actually Jesus tells us this Himself in Mark 10:18.

Because Jesus walked in these bodies like we do, albeit without our sinful propensity to transgress the divine attributes of God our Father, Jesus knows what goes on in these minds and hearts of ours. In fact, the Holy Scriptures tell us exactly this, as recorded in Hebrews 4:15 NASB:
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin.” Emphasis is mine.

I personally find this comforting, because God’s Word lets me know that Jesus knows full well the weaknesses of our hearts and minds. And nowhere do we see this realization displayed as we do in the prayers that Jesus uttered to our Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus voiced the difference between His will and the will of our heavenly Father.

Yet notice the linkage that Jesus gave us when He told us that we could do nothing without Him as Jesus explained to us in John 15:1-5 NASB:
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself but must remain in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches; the one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Emphasis is mine.

The vinedresser – God our Father
The true vine – Jesus the Son
The Church – the branches (you and I as believers in Christ)

There is an absolute irrevocable necessity to be totally dependent upon Jesus. That means in our minds, our hearts and in our spirits. Knowing that is one thing. Actually doing it is another. That would be called “walking in the Spirit” 24/7 and yes, if you are like me, I’m not there yet. But just really understanding and comprehending the absolute irrevocable necessity of this reality is a big step in the right direction. It matters, it matters big time, it matters above almost all else.

Every day we are given is a new day and God’s mercies are new every morning. I’m just an ordinary disciple of Jesus, nothing special about me whatsoever, except that I have been the recipient of an awful lot of God’s grace.

Some days I don’t have a clue what lies before me, actually that would be most days. But I know who does.

Abba Father, grant us grace to see what You see, hear what You say and do what You would do through us, to Your glory and to Your honour, like Jesus Your Son.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


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