Was Jesus The Most Obedient Person To Ever Walk The Planet?

 

 

 

 

…“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19

Did Jesus say this to reveal how obedient He was to His Father? Or was Jesus describing the nature of His intimacy, the nature of His union?

/ Yes

Did Jesus show us how to behave, or did He reveal the nature of His friendship?

/ Yes.

Was Jesus the most obedient person that ever walked the planet or did He simply do what He desired to do and obedience was the fruit?

/ Yes.

Here’s a thought, because of their union, Jesus only did what the Father did. And also, because of their union, the Father only did it because Jesus was doing it. This is the nature of union, of oneness, of intimacy, of a self-giving, sacrificial love relationship.

What if Jesus wasn’t truly focused on teaching us about obedience; what if He was truly revealing His union with Father and Holy Spirit and obedience was simply the evidence.

What if we began to understand that obedience is the gift given by a good Father to a servant that they might discover friendship?

What if Jesus doesn’t call us servants because servants can’t know what’s in the mind or heart of the master?

What if, instead, Jesus calls us friends because in this union, this friendship, we can discover all the Father has revealed? (see John 15:15)

What if obedience has always been an invitation to discover that the desires of our heart are aligned with the desires of our Father’s heart?

What if obedience is not about giving control but about discovering self-control?

What if obedience is about awakening to our union, the Holy Spirit within us?…

 

Excerpted from my forthcoming book, Leaving (& Finding) Jesus
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Jason Clark is a bestselling storyteller who writes to reveal the transforming kindness of the love of God in a world traumatized by the religious abuses done in the name of the love of God. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children, Madeleine, Ethan, and Eva.

3 Comments

  1. Bear Ross

    Iron sharpens iron. Thanks bro

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    • Jason Clark

      Amen, love to you and yours, bro.

      Reply
  2. Leslie Howard

    Hi Jason,
    I just wanted to say that I love reading your articles. They are always very thought provoking. Thank you for sharing your insight.

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