Day 16

The Father’s Son

from the John reading plan


John 12:1-50, Psalm 118:25-26, Isaiah 6:10, Isaiah 53:1


John’s Gospel is full of rich truths. In particular, John highlights Jesus’ divinity more than the other Gospels. From John 1:1 to the end, it’s obvious not only that Jesus is God, but that Jesus knows He is God.

At the same time, we see over and over again Jesus pointing to His Father, reminding people that the Father sent Him, that He speaks on behalf of the Father, that He’s an exact representation of the Father, and that He seeks only to glorify His Father. In short, the Father and His Son are both God, but there seem to be some similarities and differences between them. Both are said to have created the world, but we also know the Father didn’t die on the cross. As theologian Fred Sanders has said, “They are equal, but they are not each other.”

Why does this matter? John’s Gospel in general and John 12 in particular give us a peek into the life of our Trinitarian God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—one God in three persons. This is important to affirm because it’s important to know and understand God rightly (at least, as best we can with our limited humanity).

John 3:16 tells us that God (the Father) sent His only Son (Jesus) to give us eternal life—the eternal life they share as God. As we will see in John 14, we also know that Jesus will send the Holy Spirit to remind us of Jesus’ words and to empower us to live Christlike lives. In other words, we see clearly that God loves us, and that He’s provided everything we need to be saved.

If a person believes in Jesus, he believes in the Father who sent Him (John 12:44). If a person believes in the Father and Son, he must believe in the Holy Spirit who will be sent to him. God the Father sent God the Son into the world, and God the Son sends God the Spirit into our hearts. And we know that through this faith, we have eternal life (John 12:50).

God has come into the world. He has come to save sinners. And He has come to live within us. May we say with the psalmist in Psalm 118:25, “Lord, save us!” We know that He wants to save us and that in Himself, He has given us all we need for salvation. Have you called out to Him?

Written By Brandon D. Smith

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4 thoughts on "The Father’s Son"

  1. Phil says:

    16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

    I wish that we didn’t always have to first lose something in order to truly see it’s worth and it’s value in our lives. So many things in my life that I have lost or taken for granted (people, things, moments, etc.) that I now look back on and realize just how special they were. We are always so focused on the future, or even the past, that we often overlook what is going on right here and now. Those people had Jesus Christ RIGHT THERE with them, and they were still looking to the future for their savior to come.

    What is it right now that I might be going through, or living with, that I am overlooking or taking for granted? My prayer is that God gives me the ability to live in the Now, hopeful for the future, but thankful for the present that is today, not overlooking all that He is blessing me with right now in this moment, both good times and bad.

  2. Justin Rigdon says:

    I often struggle, because I think to myself, “if only I could’ve seen God’s works, if only I had been there.” I often neglect the works being done everyday in lieu of the “miraculous.” I am one who needs readings like this on a regular basis, lest my own eyes are blinded and my heart is hardened.

  3. Nick Crawford says:

    God is so big that we could never wrap our heads around it, but I am so thankful that he makes Himself near to us. His Son came to us on this earth to give us eternal life through His life, and death on a cross. So thankful for a God that wants to know us, and that paid the high price of His Son to do so.

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