Thought for the Week - 5th MarchPastor Gareth Watkins
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am.
I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.
“I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.
Coming up to Easter and re-focusing our gaze on Christ the man, the son of man, the son of God.
- Jesus the man who came but didn’t have to come for us.
- Jesus the man who was obedient to His father.
- Jesus the man who didn’t have to be obedient.
Jesus did the things He did for us out of His own choice. He chose to follow God’s plan for His life.
When we look at the verses above (John 14:26-31 and Hebrews 5:8) we see a pattern – a God created pattern, created in heaven.
The Father gave a command and the son followed. The son had to learn obedience.
Here we are, seeing Jesus the man who knew what would follow in obedience to His Father.
Through His obedience, the Holy Spirit came to all mankind, the peace of Christ came to all mankind, salvation came to all mankind, and the power sin was destroyed for all mankind.
Jesus learned obedience and we need to learn it too.
Though obedience to the Father may produce mocking, confrontation, lies, false accusations, division, mental torment and even death; the gift of God our Father produces fruit and eternal consequences.
We are important, and God wants us to follow Christ’s pattern and be obedient to Him, whatever may come to contest our road.
Jesus showed us the way to God. Would you follow His example?
Amen, I love today’s thought of the week. Thank you Gareth for sharing.🥰