In the last post we observed how Jesus grew and learned and developed into His calling. And we looked at the issue of His first miracle and how he was initially reluctant to do anything about the shortage of wine at the wedding in Cana.
Here’s a statement to consider:
Jesus was willing to change His mind about certain details surrounding His ministry.
Someone might think this statement is near heretical! But the Bible says that the wisdom from above is pure, peaceable, and willing to yield. (See James 3:17) Jesus apparently reconsidered His reluctance to proceed because of the proddings of His mother at the wedding. All of this is really quite glorious.
This does not mean Jesus had made a mistake. It simply means that He still had to operate out of relationship with His Father and His Father’s people!
Did you ever consider that each day Jesus woke up was a day that He had to rely upon the Father before He could effectively proceed? Apparently there were some things that Jesus learned on a “need to know basis”.
If anyone was ever competent enough to proceed on His own intelligence, it was Jesus.
If anyone should be willing to base His confidence in His own credentials and competency, it was Jesus.
If anyone had the right to not have to listen to others, it was Jesus.
If anyone had the ability to proceed without prayer, it was Jesus.
But He never did any of these things. He lived in utter and daily dependence on “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” He was always listening, learning, yielding, discerning, obeying… He said, “I only do what I see My Father doing.” “The words I speak are not My own, but the Father’s who sent Me.”
There was never a point in Jesus’ life that His ministry was based upon His own competencies. His life and ministry always flowed out of a vital relationship with His Father. And this involved how the Father often used people as instruments…even in the life of Jesus!
And do we think we can accomplish the Father’s will by doing it differently than Jesus did?