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“The Father who resides in me, crafts each word into a divine act” (THE MESSAGE John 14:10)
The MESSAGE: John 14:1-10
In Your Bible: John 13:33-14:10
When we think of a craftsman, a carpenter often comes to mind. His skill and workmanship can create or craft items with precision and beauty. Jesus, grew up as a woodworker and became a man with words of transforming power.
Jesus’ disciples often didn’t understand what he taught. Therefore, after lengthy sessions, he took them aside to explain what he said. At times the disciples would ask, “Why do you speak to us in parables?” His explanations became vivid examples they would remember.
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
Jesus told them he must leave, but he was interrupted. The words most of us remember centered on where he was going. Then, he comforted them by saying he’d return. Thomas and Philip were confused. Thomas didn’t know where Jesus was going and Philip just asked to see the Father. They weren’t sure they believed what he said.
Jesus encouraged them with this statement: “The words I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act” (John 14:10). THE MESSAGE. This translation is unique. It shouts that not only the miracles, but the words of Jesus have eternal impact!
Now, we see why Jesus says “…abide in me,”…all things are possible with God,” and …..”apart from me you can do nothing.” Jesus relevant words from the Father are powerful teachings for life and for change. His words are CRAFTED for divine action.
Application: Every word Jesus said was crafted by the Father. If the Father does this for Jesus, we need him to craft our words too.
Prayer: Father, please craft my words to let them honor you, to help others, and to initiate divine action.