“Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” John 16.32
It is very easy to look at some of the things Jesus says about his relationship with his Father and think that it’s all very well for Jesus to say them, but he was different from us! Of course it’s true that in so many ways Jesus was different from us, but there are also ways in which he was desperate to reveal that we too can share in what he experienced. His relationship with God was one of them.
At the very end of John 17, Jesus states something wonderful: that the relationship he wants us to have with God is exactly the same as his relationship with God (John 17.26). If this is what he really wants, then it must also be true that we share in what today’s verse reveals - and which Jesus knew so well - that the Father is always present.
We often think of Jesus being with us, or of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but we may not have such an awareness of the Father’s presence with us; yet he is here. At any time of the day or night you can whisper these words: ‘Abba, Father’, knowing that the source of all love and power is intimately present with you. Wherever you are, you are never alone – the Father is with you.
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