By Walter Lanyon
It may be strange to think of Jesus as being “indwelt”. But the fact is that Jesus was indwelt by the Father just as we must be. Notice what He Himself said:
I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me (Jn. 5:30).
For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak (Jn. 12:49).
Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son does in like manner (Jn. 5:19).
Jesus, then, was a container to express His Father. Instead of asserting Himself He was willing to empty Himself of His own initiative and become God in Jesus of Nazareth form. All that He said and did then manifested the Father.
But how could Jesus only speak what the Father commanded and do what the Father did? Did Jesus receive a script to learn every morning? Did He have a fresh list of miracles each day, like a shopping list?
“Let’s see, Son, today we’ll heal a leper, cast out a few demons, and turn water into wine. Now here’s what you say to the leper….”
No, Jesus didn’t receive His commands externally. He didn’t read them in a book or have them handed to Him on parchment by an angel.
Look at what He said: “…whatever the Father does, these things the Son does in like manner.” He was simply a manifestation of the Father. The Father expressed Himself through Jesus, so that although it looked like Jesus saying and doing these things it was really the Father in Jesus form!
Jesus’ life wasn’t based on a religion. He didn’t copy someone else. He didn’t try to follow external instructions. He just lived spontaneously, and because He was one with the Father – His human spirit in union with His Father’s Spirit – when He lived, it was the Father living as He. He expressed His Father’s nature and thus was the Father manifested to the world.
So Jesus was able to say of Himself:
He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves (Jn.14:9-11).
The simple fact is, Jesus Himself couldn’t do a single miracle! Remember, He had given up His right to equality with God. He had become human. Now, He could no more perform miracles than you or I. He was powerless, unable to do a single thing more than any other common piece of human clay. He could of His own self do “nothing“.
Yet Jesus did do miracles, because He was a container for the Father’s life. He was in union with the Father – so much so that to see Him was to see the Father manifested.
But – and this is the staggering truth that revolutionizes the believer’s life – Jesus said that in the precise manner that He manifested the Father through union, so also we are to manifest the Christ.
Walter Lanyon: Mystery of the Gospel