How can I think things in my head, even agree that they're good (during the sermon!), but have such a hard time doing it? Sigh. The human condition. I can easily share on paper what I read today, but if you see me in person, you have permission to hold me accountable for this one because it's going to take a lot of practice!
v. 41-42: So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”
Impression: It was important for people to know that Jesus wasn’t empowered by Himself, because of who He is—even though He is God. He wanted others to know, unquestionably, that His power and ability came from the Father. He stated it over and over.
Application: If it was that important for Jesus to rely on God and communicate that reliance to others, how obvious is it that I should do the same? As a simple, finite, fickle person I have a need, a desperate emptiness, that can only be met by God. To act and live and speak as if I do what I do in my own strength and wisdom is foolish. There is no way any of us lives, or breathes, or plans, apart from the grace of God. But to live in reliance—to be aware of our reliance and to speak it--is very different. My pride fights it. My arrogance and desire for self-reliance fight it. That is one of the ways Jesus and I are so different. He was God, but in humility, He transferred all honor and power to its true source, His Father. With His help, and by His Spirit, may I learn to do the same…