Monday, September 2, 2019

Always With Us

2 September

They did not understand that Jesus was talking to them about the Father.  So he said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, you will know that ‘I Am Who I Am’; then you will know that I do nothing on my own authority, but I say only what the Father has instructed me to say.  And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.”  (Jn 8:27–29; GNB/TEV)

Isn't it sad that teachers and rulers of Jesus' day could not see he was the son of God?  They would be blind to that fact until they lifted him up on the cross, and even then many did not come to understand who he was.  Even after he rose from the dead many were still unable to see that the long-awaited Christ was among them.  Jesus even tried to tell them it was not by his authority that he was able to do the things he did, but by the authority of his father.  Then he says something really profound, "He who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him."

Although the religious leaders of the day did not take much comfort in what Jesus said, I sure do.  It is just as true today, God is always with me and has not left me alone.  Life is tough, and there is no way I could make it all on my own.  I  know God is with me, holding my hand, and helping me over the rough spots. 


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