The Father’s Relationship to the Son in His Messianic Mission II

The Son’s Obedience to the Father in His Mission

According to John’s Gospel, the Father sent the Son to earth with a mission; namely, to accomplish all the works he himself gave him to do. As the Son of God, Jesus’ delight and duty is to obey the Father (8:28-29), submit to him in all things (5:19), and speak whatever he is commanded (12:49). Moreover, Jesus is wholly committed to the will of his heavenly Father, even to the point of death on a cross (10:18; 12:27-28). In fact, it is his complete obedience to the Father that reveals the cross is exactly why the Father sent him (13:1-3; 17:4; 18:11; 19:11). He died not as a victim, but as a Son accomplishing his Father’s will. And, just as the Father gave him the authority to lay down his life, by the same authority he took his life up again (10:18; 20:1-31). Through accomplishing these things, the Son shines forth light into a dark world (1:9; 3:19-21), grants believing sinners eternal life (3:16), and brings glory to his Father (12:28; 17:1).  

What does this mean for us? First, it means that the only wise God of this universe, took it upon himself to save a dark wicked world through commissioning his own glorious Son to die on a cross; and the Son obeyed him perfectly. This leads me to worship the Father for planning salvation history, the Son for embracing his Father’s will, and the Spirit for applying the Son’s work to sinners like me.

Second, it means that true righteousness and perfect obedience have been infallibly displayed in the life, ministry, and works of Jesus Christ. Therefore, in looking to him, it is always obvious that my life is in need of change. I must get away from comparing myself to other people, and always be reflecting on the greatness of Jesus and his devotion to pleasing his Father. In the wake of Christ’s cross, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, I too must always be about submitting to the will of my heavenly Father.

Third, and more applicable to what these reflections are meant to accomplish, it means the divine Son of God can never, and will never, fail in doing the will of his Father. Therefore, what can stand in his way? The answer is, nothing. Nothing stands in the way of the Son accomplishing the Father’s will. And Jesus tells us, “This is the will of him who sent me, that of all that [the Father] has given me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I myself will raise him up on the last day” (6:39-40). So then, nothing is going to stop the Son from giving eternal life to those who believe, and nothing is going to stop him from raising them from the dead. I do not find this hope from the world, nor any other assurance. I find it only in the Son, who always obeys the Father in his mission to save sinners.

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One Response to “The Father’s Relationship to the Son in His Messianic Mission II”

  1. Abigail Says:

    great article!

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