So Jesus said to them,
“When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will realize that I AM,
and that I do nothing on my own,
but I say only what the Father taught me.
The one who sent me is with me.
He has not left me alone,
because I always do what is pleasing to him.” – John 8: 28 – 29
In today’s Gospel from Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Lord, I ponder deeply on the words You speak.
Without reservation, You call Yourself, I AM, and by doing so, point us to the fact that You’re the same God that appeared to Moses in the burning bush on Mount Horeb (Exodus 4: 13 – 15).
You also make reference to future events of when You will be lifted up.
And again, by doing so, You show the connection between the healing and redeeming power of You on the Cross and the bronze serpent which Moses mounted on the pole.
As the people who rebelled against You in the time of Moses, were bitten by serpents and died, but when those who repented looked up to the mounted bronze serpent on the pole, lived;
So also, we have rebelled against You through our sins, and have been bitten by the sting of death, but when we look upon You lifted up on the Cross and repent, we live.
Lord, we repent of all sin and through the eyes of our hearts, we gaze upon You lifted on the Cross for our salvation.
As You continue speaking Lord, You say that You do nothing on Your own, but You say only what the Father taught You.
By speaking in this way, You make a direct connection between Yourself and the suffering Messiah prophesied by Isaiah (Isaiah 50: 4 – 8).
And as You spoke in this manner, many believed in You, because they began to understand that You were truly their God, their Redeemer, their Saviour.
O Lord, how I pray to be just like You, especially in doing nothing on my own.
I often find myself, so quick to act, and ever so slow to listen AND hear what the Father has to say.
I’ve jeopardised so many blessings, opportunities and callings in my life because I’ve tried to do things all on my own.
Lord, I repent.
I want a tongue like Yours.
I want an ear like Yours.
I desire a disciple’s tongue that is well trained to know how to comfort the weary.
I desire an ear that daily wakes up, to hear, to listen as a disciple.
An ear that is opened, so that I am not rebellious or do not turn my back against You.
Help me Lord, especially for today and let this grace increase in me day by day, until I see Your Face, and rejoice with You in Our Father’s kingdom.
Always & Forever,
To The Lamb.
With all my love.