(A VISION FOR CHRISTIAN SONG, by Ken Bible; p.33)
Jesus’ Relationship with His Father
We often think of the earthly Jesus as a superman, with power flowing from His fingertips. But
that’s not how the Apostle Paul describes Him:
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who although He existed
in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied
Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the
point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8, NASB)
Listen to how Jesus describes Himself:
“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his
Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does…By myself I can do
nothing. (John 5:19, 30, NIV)
“The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is
doing his work…These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who
sent me.” (John 14:10, 24, NIV)
It wasn’t Jesus’ own power that made Him what He was. He had emptied Himself of all that. He
made Himself dependent on His Father, constantly and completely, for every word and action.
Jesus was what He was by faith. His strength lay not in unique abilities but in His relationship
with the Father.