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Jesus can be trusted. Jesus doesn’t have a self-serving bone in His body. Jesus only does what He sees the Father doing. That is, it. Jesus is all about loving God. Jesus always realizes God’s goal. Jesus is the perfect Son.

Jesus challenges us to live the same way with the same power of God’s Holy Spirit. We can trust Jesus. Jesus is looking out for our best interests.

  • Obedience becomes the central issue.
  • Will we carry out orders?
  • Will we obey God?

I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.[1]

John 5:30-33

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Jesus can’t do anything on his own. Even though the Father who sent him has given all judgment to him, he’ll still judge according to what he hears is his Father’s will.

  • And that fact guarantees a right judgment.
  • Whatever problems the doctrine of judgment throws up in our minds (and those problems were no less to the minds of ancient people than they are to us moderns)—whatever those problems, Jesus teaches that he’ll make no mistakes in judgment.
  • It’ll be right.
  • It’ll be just.

That thought is reassuring. It can also be frightening. “The fear of Yahweh [the Lord] is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10).[2]

  • Ephesians 1:9–10 (CSB) — 9 He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in the Messiah [Christ] 10 as a plan for the right time—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.
  • Ephesians 3:4–11 (CSB) — 4 By reading this you are able to understand my insight into the mystery of the Messiah [Christ]. 5 This was not made known to people in other generations as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: 6 The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and partners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 7 I was made a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power. 8 This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of the Messiah [Christ], 9 and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things. 10 This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens. 11 This is according to his eternal purpose accomplished in the Messiah [Christ] Jesus our Master [Lord].
  • Colossians 1:27 (CSB) — 27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is the Messiah [Christ] in you, the hope of glory.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jn 5:30–33). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] Gundry, R. H. (2010). Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (p. 377). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.