But Jesus defended Himself. "My Father is working
straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I."
So Jesus explained Himself at length.
"I'm telling you this straight.
The Son can't independently do a thing,
only what He sees the Father doing.
What the Father does, the Son does.
The Father loves the Son and includes
Him in everything He is doing.
The Son gives life to anyone He chooses. Neither He nor the Father shuts anyone out.
"It's urgent that you listen carefully to this:
Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now
and aligns himself with the Father,
who has in fact put me in charge,
has at this very moment the real, lasting life
and is no longer condemned to be an outsider.
This person has taken a giant step from
the world of the dead to the world of the living."
"You have your head in your Bibles constantly
because you think you'll find eternal life there.
But you miss the forest for the trees.
These Scriptures are all about Me!
And here I am, standing right before you,
and you aren't willing to receive from me
the life you say you want."
Oh Jesus! How often do I miss seeing You?
How many times do I get caught up
on the tiny and the mundane only to miss out on
the fullness and joy that is only found in You?
Please help me to see through new eyes.
Help me to understand with a new mind
what this world, what my life is really all about.
Please help me not to take what you intended for good
and for freedom and turn it into a tool for enslavement.
Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You and what You are doing.
Hold out Your hand, Jesus. Let me grasp Your fingers and
go where You go. I want to do only what I see You doing,
instead of what people think I should.
I choose to receive the life You have for me.