Updated: Apr 11
Practicing the presence of God (a)
Did Jesus observe and practice the presence of God?
John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day.
17 But Jesus answered them, My Father works hitherto, and I work.
18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
20 For the father loveth the son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
21 For as the father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the son quickeneth whom he will.
22 For the father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgement unto the Son:
23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
So was Jesus continually aware of the presence of God?
v.17 Jesus was continually aware that the Father was at work.
v.19 The Son only does what He sees the Father doing. -This supports the idea of Jesus being constantly aware of God the Father, so that He could do the same things
I personally believe that Jesus Christ lived His whole life walking in the Spirit with a tremendous sense of the presence of the Father, especially after His water baptism.
Jesus lived a spirit-filled life and only at His death on the cross for you and me, was the awareness of the Father's presence broken with these words...
My God, my God why have you forsaken me:
What a price to pay!
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