And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”” (John 8:29, ESV)

A lot of truth packed into just a few words as Jesus debates with his opponents here.

Jesus was the “Sent One.”  He refers again and again in the Gospel of John to the fact that he was sent by his Father.  Here Jesus points out that the One who sent him (God the Father) is with him.  The Sent One has not been abandoned by his Father…yet.  He will be abandoned at the cross as he cries out the terrible words, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”  He endured this for our sake.

Jesus always did “the things that are pleasing to him.”  He had such an intimate connection to God the Father that his works were always things that pleased God.  In Jesus’ case he did this because  he was God and could not be less than God; but he has laid out a pattern for us to follow as we live lives that are pleasing to God. We do not live this way in order to be acceptable to God.  We live this way because we have been changed by God; we have experienced the New Birth and now the Holy Spirit lives within us.  We want to please God because we have been radically changed.

Pleasing God is therefore not a burden to be borne, but a privilege to be carried out.

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