John 14.10-11 cont.
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.
I remember a time when I was working on the railways and one Friday morning the Station Master despatched me to go to a couple of signal boxes. He sent me on a mission, which was to take to the signalmen their wages.
The Station Master had the responsibility of getting the wages to the signalman, and on this particular day he passed that responsibility to me.
It was not the Station Masters money, and it definitely was not mine. We were taking what had belonged to British Railways and was delivering it to the men.
I was acting on their behalf.
Jesus said that He was not acting on His own authority. He told His disciples that He had no power of His own. He was telling the disciples that it was God the Father working through Him that they could see and witness.
Earlier in His conversation with the Jews Jesus had said:
38 “I tell you what I have seen with the Father, and you do what you hear from your Father” – John 8.38.
As they were in that Upper Room Jesus reminds them again that He had not been acting independently, but that He was in complete unison with the Father.
Paul tells us that we are ambassadors for Christ. However, Jesus is much more than that. He is far greater than any ambassador. He is far greater than any messenger. He is one with the Father.
It was in the oneness of the Father and Jesus that men could and can see what God is like.
Look at Jesus and we see the mercy of the Father; look at Jesus and we can see how compassion oozes out of Him; look at Jesus and wonder how His love sent Him to the cross for you and me.
When I arrived at those signal boxes all the men could see was someone who brought their wages.
As we look at Jesus we see not the wages we have earned, which is death, but the free gift of God, eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6.23).