Words from the Heart for Saturday October 3rd, 2020
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.
John 14:10 (NIV)
The Father Living in Me
Irishman D’Arcy McGee had spent some time as a journalist, writing for the Irish newspaper the Nation. Around the same time, McGee became a pro-independence agitator in 1848’s failed Irish rebellion. McGee left Ireland in the aftermath, settling first in New York and then in Boston, and founding an informal counterpart to the publication he’d worked for in Ireland, also called the Nation. When McGee’s projects failed to gain support, at the invitation of the local Irish community in 1857, he began living in Montreal.
In the Lord’s prayer in John 17, Jesus prays that we might be one with other believers just as the Father and Son are one. That is a profound mystery. Jesus describes the union between the Father and the Son in John 14:10: “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.” There is a union between God the Son and God the Father that we cannot begin to understand. Even while on earth, fully human, Jesus bore the image of God the Father. All he accomplished while here was because of that inseverable union between Father and Son. All the ministry Jesus did – healing, reconciling, transforming, loving – he did because God the Father was working in and through God the Son. No human being can begin to comprehend the Trinity – this God who is One but who is three. But in the unity of the Godhead we understand that nothing is impossible in and through all who love Him.
These have been words from the heart.