January 20
‘And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.’ Luke 5:17b
Bible reading: Genesis 18:16-21 (Go to the Bible passage)
Jesus has said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me’ (Matthew 28:18).
Yet this authority cannot be separated from His communion with the Father. We read this in today’s scripture-verse. ‘And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick’.
Jesus was completely dependent on His heavenly Father, ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing’ (John 5:19). This was surely no restriction, for He was always in full communion with the Father! Therefore Jesus always knew that He only did what pleased the Father.
Jesus assures us that if we remain in Him like He in us (John 15:5), we will experience His power in our lives, and the world will see His power in us.
God has always revealed His power in this way. In the life of Abraham we see this too. How was it, that Abraham had such power, as we can read for example in Genesis 14? This was because Abraham was completely dependent on the Lord and obeyed Him in everything (Genesis 26:5). And because Abraham took God seriously, God could take Abraham seriously. Is it not wonderful that God said. ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?’ (:17).
And so God will reveal His will to us, if we trust Him as Abraham did. Then we - as Church of Christ - will be a great and powerful nation again, and all the ends of the earth will be blessed through us (Psalm 67:7).
If we know the Lord, let us teach our children to serve Him, and then the Lord will fulfill His word and there will be power to heal. I am grateful to see, that where I waveringly follow this path, the children follow Christ with much greater determination, even overtaking me. It is wonderful to see this in the current world, in spite of an increasingly aging Christianity.
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