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Daily Reading: 22nd June 2015

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.

Perhaps we are all familiar with the saying: ‘Actions speak louder than words’. Cassius Clay, later known as Mohamed Ali, was a great boxer of the late 20th century. He became the world heavy weight champion. Not only could he box, but he could also talk. He would often state the round in which he would win a fight. Quite often his boastful words outside the boxing ring were matched by his actions inside the boxing ring.

There are many people who may boast of what they can do, but their actions do not match their words, in fact they fall a long way short of what they may have said.

This was not so with Jesus. He was supremely confident both in His words and also in His action. His confidence was not in Himself, but in His Heavenly Father. He knew that every word He spoke He had heard the Father speak. He also knew that every action that He took was at the command of His Heavenly Father. He had seen His Father doing the same.

The appeal of Jesus to His disciples is to look beyond His words and to look at His works. Jesus knew that both were from His Father, but He knew that the works He did were the physical evidence of the truth of Him and the Father being one.

Words can be a point of discussion, they can be argued about, and different meanings may be attached to words. However, the evidence of works is irrefutable.

It was undeniable that Lazarus had been raised from the dead. This work of Jesus could only display that He and the Father are one, because no man could bring the dead back to life.

It was indisputable that Jesus had healed many people, the lame, the lepers, the blind, and the deaf. All of these pointed to the fact that Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him.

The works of power that He has ordained for us are the testimony that Jesus lives in us by His Holy Spirit.

For God made us, He created us in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He prepared beforehand for us to do – Ephesians 2.10.

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