Jesus is God. This was the “sticking point” for the Jews in Jesus’ day, and it remains the sticking point. Jesus was more than a good teacher; more than a miraculous healer; more than a gifted storyteller – from the beginning He claimed equality with God. That put the Jews in the same boxed-in position it puts us. If Jesus is who He says He is, how can I do anything but follow Him? And how can He NOT be who He says again. He spoke with authority; He worked signs and wonder with authority; He even demonstrated authority over the grave.
One thing I like in today’s verses is how Jesus makes it clear: “I can do the things I do because the Father empowers me to do them.” There is something profound in that for you and me. In ourselves, we have no strength or power or authority ... but in Him, we have the strength, power, and authority of the Almighty God.
Today, I can’t control what happens.
I can’t know the future.
I can’t please everyone I meet.
I can’t make other people think like I think.
I can’t solve every problem I encounter.
Those are not things God has given me. On the other hand:
I can trust God with everything that happens today.
I can recognize His fingerprints on every person I encounter.
I can choose to let go of the things I can’t change.
I can choose not to worry about tomorrow.
I can control my tongue.
I can forgive and be forgiven.
I can make it my goal to please God today, knowing that means dying to myself and living for His glory.