Jesus comments in John chapters 14-17 are so jam packed with incomprehensible statements that we are left with little choice but to realize that He was more than serious. He was speaking a truth that when unpacked, releases His brothers and sisters to an authority He had been demonstrating and teaching for three years. Perhaps no statement can sum up what He was declaring more than John 17:22 "And the glory that you have given to Me, I have given to them that they may be as one, just as We are one".
Here is my question. Just how much of the glory that was given to Jesus are we talking about here? Some of it? All of it? What if He did mean all of it? What does that mean for the boundaries we have placed on God or on ourselves?
I know a bunch of people who have tried to walk on water but none that have done it yet. I admire them because I think they are on to something. I think they are taking faith steps that tells the atmosphere "I'm not content to live in a restriction that is no longer meant for me". Jesus was able to bridge the physical world and spiritual. He violated our understanding of physical laws so routinely that we must understand that He knew something we don't. I believe He was offering it to us on a silver platter.
Recently, I was spending time with a combat veteran who relayed to me some very intense circumstances that he was struggling with. Among them, was a sense of being a murderer. Non-veterans may not understand but things happen in war that cross lines of civility and right and wrong. But this isn't the point. As I contemplated the circumstances this young man was going through i realized that he needed healing and forgiveness. Thinking on this, i remembered two scriptures. The story in Matthew 9 and Mark 2 about Jesus healing a paralyzed man by saying "son be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you". Oh I know, but that was Jesus only begotten Son of the Most High God. Not us right? But then I remembered John 20:23. Jesus, after blowing on the disciples saying saying "receive the Holy Spirit"; He made this incredible statement "if you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them, if you retain the sins of any, they are retained".
So...in a faith move as a son of the Most High, brother of my savior Jesus, empowered by His Spirit and carrying the glory that the Father gave to the son I spoke this over my young friend "son be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you". Not a gimmick...not a slogan, not a "I'm gonna try this and see what happens. A declaration to the atmosphere and to this wonderful son. A declaration of forgiveness and healing.
I'm tired of the shackles placed on me and others by dis-empowering theology that relegates sons and daughters to bumbling, stumbling, sin-prone zombies lacking authority to do anything. It's like the chapter of Romans 7 was never followed up by Romans 8.
But it was. "For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation itself was subjected to futility, not willing, but by Him who subjected it in hope, because the creation itself also will be delivered from bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God? Romans 8:19-21
Where's the water? Let's go for a walk.
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