“The Father Which Sent Me”
By Michael Zaucha
“Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him that sent Me. And he thatseeth Me seeth Him that sent Me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Meshould not abide in darkness. And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak” (Jn. 12:44-50).
Unto those to whom Jesus cried aloud these wonderful words of life in those last few days before He would give His life a ransom for many (Mt. 20:28), much of God would be made known. These were previously hidden things, things that pertaineth to the only true God, things that men by their own ingenuity and strength are not able to find and know, but He that is in the bosom of the Father is faithful to declare Him (Jn. 1:18), unto the fulfillment of the command of God, that we should not abide in darkness of the knowledge of God, but walk in the light of life (Jn. 8:12), even life everlasting.
Behold Our God. In considering Christ Jesus, the One sent by God, the solid foundation from which all else would be built upon and flow perfectly unto fulfillment begins with the Sender: “Him that sent Me” is Jesus’ main revelation. “The Father which sent Me” is not only Jesus’ main emphasis, but He is also the One Jesus would continue to bring men’s minds and hearts unto.
And there is good reason for that because the Sender who gave Jesus a commandment also made a promise as well - you might say God confirmed His command with a promise of fulfillment – “and this is the promise that He promised us, even eternal life” (I Jn. 2:25). The command and promise of eternal life is declared with purpose, God’s own purpose - that the promise be received by man. Therefore, it is God Himself who truly is at the forefront. Yea, He is also the rear guard, even the One that is over all.
That we would have strong confidence in Him, the God who commanded everlasting life also reveals that He is able to perform what He has promised. Therefore, from the very beginning of the record, the Holy Spirit would begin to teach men about God, that they might know that God is The Almighty God (Gen. 17:1), and there is none else; there is no god beside Me (Isa. 45:5). The record is the showing forth of the truth of God. God would manifest this truth concerning Himself from the beginning. The creation would evidence this truth about God Himself, for it was to the void and the darkness, that the command or the word of God would be sounded forth: “Let there be light; and there was light” (Gen. 1:3), in all its intrinsic properties of speed, of color, of reflection.
God had commanded the light to shine out of darkness according to the council of His own will (Eph. 1:11), purposefully, according to His purpose, and it was so. The Apostle would reveal even more of the creation and of the Almighty God who created it when he said that not only was light created then, but also “the worlds” – plural - not only those that are seen, because there are other worlds that are not seen by the eye of flesh – these “worlds were framed by the word of God” as well. Moreover, the Apostle continues, the “things which are seen” – the moon, the stars, the sun, the earth, all formed by the word of God – “were not made of things which do appear” (Heb. 11:3). In other words, these things spoken of did not exist before God had commanded them into existence. And they were not the result of reconstruction, but of creation. “For He spake, and it was done. He commanded and it stood fast” (Ps. 33:9).
There is still more the Holy Spirit wants God’s people to know of the only true God who gave a commandment: Thus saith the Lord: “I will work and who shall let it” is the challenge that would go forth, as if there were any who might contest with Almighty God (Isa. 43:13). Who shall hinder, stay, reverse or change the purposed effect for which God Almighty has spoken? Who shall be able to cause to cease the effect that those words which I the Lord have declared? Who indeed shall let it?
These where not rhetorical questions left unanswered for God Himself would answer them unto ministering to our confidence and hope. The answer would be soon coming that all might know this of Almighty God, and it would be demonstrated thru the mightiest of the earthly kings. Nebuchadnezzar, the head of gold in his vision, the mightiest of earthly heathen kings, was humbled before God by a word spoken by God: “to thee it is spoken; the kingdom is departed from thee” (Dan. 4:31). And for the next seven years the mightiest of the kings of the earth was taught of God in the fields of animals. In his humiliation before God, he was given to know the truth about God, and to declare the answer for us concerning the Most High: “none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, what doest Thou?” (Dan. 4:35).
Once the commandment of the Almighty goes forth, it cannot be countermanded, overridden or stopped by any created personality be they in heaven, or on the earth or under the earth – be they principality or power or angelic being. “His hand is stretched out, who shall turn it back?” (Isa. 14:27). There are none is the resounding word of truth.
So let these words of truth sink down into your ears concerning the very person of Almighty God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Father, especially as we now consider the command and the promise of everlasting life, because the knowledge of these wonderful revelations of God will strengthen trust in the believer in God and in His Beloved Son, to an enduring and perseverance, even to the end. For that which God has commanded, He is able to perform (Rom. 4:21).
The Command of Life Forevermore. Our hope will now shift to things eternal and everlasting, specifically, the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory (II Tim. 2:10). To this end, it is also recorded for us that God Almighty spoke forth another command, and this command is of higher order than that which was spoken in the creation, for the effect of this command will continue on forever and ever with eternal glory, unlike the natural creation. And you want to be sure you are a partaker of this commandment.
This command of God is a blessing, a blessing like none other, even life everlasting. The same God that commanded the light to shine out of darkness, the very God that commanded and when He commanded, it stood fast, this very God hath commanded a blessing, even life forevermore (Ps. 133:3). The command of life forevermore has sounded forth from God, who shall turn it back?
From the mountains of Zion, that city of the Great King (Ps. 48:2), from His holy temple, from His throne in heaven (Ps. 11:4), there the Lord commanded a blessing, even life forevermore. The blessing proceeded out of the mouth of the Lord: life forevermore – and none can stay His hand.
However, this command was not spoken as in the creation to the void and the darkness, but to Him who in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (Jn. 1:1). And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (Jn. 1:14), and His name was called Jesus (Lk. 2:21).
Spoken to the Man Christ Jesus. It is Jesus to whom the commanded blessing was spoken to by God unto His fulfilling of it. This is the word that not only did Jesus affirm to the people in the days of His flesh concerning Himself, but declared that this is the very work He is engaged in to accomplish: “the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting; whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.” Life everlasting is that, which the Father sent the Son to accomplish, and Jesus is fully engaged in it unto fulfillment, for this fulfillment could not be accomplished by divine command alone. The fulfillment would require a Sin Bearer, A Savior, a High Priest, a King - the Christ of God, our Lord Jesus Christ – all that He is, and all that He would accomplish.
Consider Him whom the Father Sent. There is far more that the Holy Spirit will make known about Jesus to strengthen your faith in Him, to increase your hope and trust in Him, and it is found in the record that God has given of His Son that you might believe in His name.
Through the prophet Isaiah, it is made known that Jesus is God’s Elect Servant (Isa. 42:1). It is God Himself who chose Jesus for the work of salvation and for its fulfillment, and with good reason – He is God’s Beloved Son, in whom He is well pleased, so consider the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ, the One whom the Father sent: God’s soul delights in Him, for He always did those things that please the Father (Jn. 8:29). His meat – Jesus’ very sustenance and good pleasure - was to do the will of Him that sent Him, and to finish His work (Jn. 4:34). His very life was intent toward doing the will of His Father, and to fulfill and accomplish all that He was sent for.
God Himself would uphold Jesus in the work for He is like-minded as the Father: He loves righteousness and hates iniquity (Heb. 1:9). Therefore God anointed Him above all His fellows – His fellow man – to accomplish all that God sent Him for. For this mighty work, God would put His Spirit – without measure – upon Him, and in Him dwelteth the fullness of the God head bodily (Col. 2:9).
To bring God’s purpose to full and complete fulfillment, much grace and truth would be necessary, so God sent Him that is full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:14). Moreover, Jesus revealed the substance of eternal life: this is eternal life, to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent (Jn. 17:3). But in order to accomplish this would be no small work, for no man knoweth the Son save the Father, and neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son (Mt. 11:27). Therefore, this puts eternal life out of the reach of men apart from Jesus – hear that again, eternal life is out of the reach of all men apart from Jesus.
So hear the glad tidings of good things, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ: “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him” (Jn. 1:18). It is Jesus who is revealing the Father unto eternal life and He does so by revealing Himself for Jesus alone is the brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of God’s Person (Heb. 1:3), so that if you see Jesus, you’ve seen the Father (Jn. 14:8).
More of His Greatness Revealed. I bring to your remembrance these other things concerning Jesus, The One whom the Father sent, God’s Elect Servant: He was obedient to the Father in all things, even unto the death of the cross (Phil. 2:8). And this is the main thing the Father sent the Son: to taste death for every man (Heb. 2:9); He was manifested to take away our sins (I Jn. 3:5); He appeared once in the end of the world to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26), which He did on His cross.
With the entire body of sin (Rom. 6:6) being righteously put away from the sight of God and from us, the blessing of God could be given to men who repent and are baptized. Yet still, it doesn’t end here concerning the greatness of Him whom the Father sent, for Jesus is the Fit Man who raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, for He alone is able to lay His life down that He might take it up again (Jn. 10:18).
Brethren, these things concerning Jesus are declared that your hearts be not troubled, even in these most perilous times, in these times of trouble, as we journey in a land of troublers. These things are declared that we would believe in God and believe in the One whom He sent, to partake of those things that Jesus accomplished for us. To this commanded end, Jesus would not fail nor be discouraged (Isa. 42:4).
God’s Empowerment to Fulfill. To the attainment of the promise of eternal life, the Holy Spirit will continue to reveal the One that the Father sent - Jesus is come with all the power and authority of God Himself. Unlike kings and rulers of the earth who send ambassadors to make known their will, and their objectives, they do not have the power or authority to accomplish that which they were sent for – but Jesus does! “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God” (Heb. 10:7, 9) – to do it – to accomplish His will – Jesus came “to do” the will of Him that sent Him.
Jesus made it known that “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth (Mt. 28:18), power to fulfill the commandment He received of God. All things are delivered unto Me by My Father (Mt. 11:27) unto the fulfilling of God’s purposed command: (God) hast given (Me) power over all flesh that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him (Jn. 17:2). And the gospel announces that Christ Jesus was faithful to Him that appointed Him (Heb. 3:1-2) - And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.
The Means unto Fulfillment. One last consideration from this text which continues to reveal much about God and His Christ, and that is concerning the means by which the command of eternal life is received by men – Jesus said it is by “the word which I have spoken.” It is the very word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord that giveth life. Jesus said: “the words I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life” (Jn. 6:63). And Jesus demonstrated this truth in a firstfruit sense - at the tomb of Lazarus who was dead four days. Lazarus neither did come forth nor could he come forth until Jesus speaketh, until Jesus spoke the words of life: “Lazarus, come forth” (Jn. 11:43), and come he did as by the word of the Lord.
These Things were Written for Us. This account – the raising of Lazarus from the dead - is one of great power and glory, but it is also written to teach us even more concerning the greatness of the man Christ Jesus, and to point us to the One the Father sent because Jesus alone has the words of eternal life (Jn. 6:68), and that His word is still of power- even unto this very day - to give life, even eternal life.
It is written of those who have come forth to newness of life: you were “born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever” (I Pet. 1:23), which means His word not only brings life, it continues to sustain that eternal life. And these words continue to be in the present tense.
With the command of Almighty God being sent out – even life forevermore, let us seek grace to enter in and not come short of it - “Labor not for the meat that perisheth, but for the meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed” (Jn. 6:27). Amen.