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Daily Reading: 20th June 2015

John 14.10-11

10  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? That which I say to you I do not speak from Myself, but the Father remaining in Me does His works.

11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; but if not, believe the works themselves.

There have been a number of times during my life when people have told me a story, either about themselves, or about someone else. Sometimes I have known that what I had been told did not have much acquaintance with the truth. However, there have been other times when I have definitely known that what I was being told was true.

There are some people whom we trust implicitly, whereas there are others about whom we are quite unsure.

Sometimes, we are asked the question: “You do believe me, don’t you?”

The question is asked to put us on the spot to say that we believe what we are being told. Perhaps, it is a question that is meant to establish a belief in what appears to be unbelievable.

We should always be very careful in these situations, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit as to how we should answer.

Jesus asked a similar question of the disciples when He said:

Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me?

The motive of Jesus was pure, seeking to get His disciples to examine what they believed and bring it into line with what Jesus was saying.

It was a question that was expecting the answer ‘Yes’.

The question of Jesus was asked to illuminate any doubt about His relationship with the Father.

It was asked to establish the truth of what we call the Trinity.

Earlier in His ministry Jesus has said:

“I and the Father are One” – John 10.30.

Now Jesus challenged them to see if they really believed that.

Every person faces the same challenge from Jesus; the same question.

What do we believe about Jesus? Do we really believe that He and the Father are one?

These are important questions for us, and Jesus wants each one of us to give a resounding ‘Yes’. Our understanding of the work and words of Jesus is based on our accepting and believing that He and the father are one.

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