Many of us have encountered moments in our lifetimes where we realized one powerful truth – that we are not in control of everything. We couldn’t help a friend or blood relative out in the battle of cancer. There was nothing we could do when we heard the ominous news of the death of a loved one. Even the battle against our own perverse urges looks impossible to win.
There are certain kinds of ferocious beasts that we dare not dream of facing, unless they are caged. The risk we always face once we commute in a road vehicle, boat or a plane. Don’t let me bring up the issue of weapons.
No matter how we try to look strong, build body muscles or psyche up our spirits; there is one thing that we do know – man is frail. We are all subject to death and mortality no matter how hard we try to extend our lives. This what a great first century writer, Paul, said in agreement and I quote:
“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
Romans 7:24 NKJV
For us, citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, we have been given imposible tasks by our King. “Heal the sick,” He said. Raise the Dead, cleanse the lepers, proclaim the gospel of our kingdom to another nation with philosophies, culture and rules that are in direct contrast. How can we ever fulfill any of these? The opposition is too great. We sometimes battle with sicknesses ourselves. We don’t even want to talk about raising the Dead. Healing the sick is impossible as it is. But all these and more are assignments given to us by our King. The impossible entrusted to the frail to perform.
When our King showed up on earth as man, even He had to die first like any of us before He defeated death. Even He was raised from the dead by the Father(Acts 13:30, Ephesians 1:20) Because as man, he could do nothing for himself when dead.
During his time on earth, Jesus was a man like any of us. He went through similar passions and temptations. The writer of the Book of Hebrews revealed to us this outstanding truth about Him.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Hebrews 4:15 NKJV
This word “sympathize” as used in the passage above does not refer to the aspect of just the knowledge of human frailty. It’s the translation of the Greek word, sumpatheo derived from the root word, sumpathes. This word literally means having a fellow feeling by virtue of common/shared experience. Jesus felt exactly the same way we all feel when he was man. He bled. He cried. His body leaked sweat. He experienced fatigue, hunger and thirst. He experienced love, loneliness, rejection, pain, etc. He was just like any of us. Heck, he went to the bathroom so many times too. He experienced all the perverse urges that we do. The only thing that He didn’t do was succumb to them. “Oh! Yeah. He never succumbed to them. That is why He is Jesus and I am James.” One would dare say. Let us hear what Jesus Christ had to say about that.
… I do nothing of myself…
John 8:28 NKJV
This statement changed my way of thinking. Jesus attested that He, like you and I, can do nothing by himself. We cannot do everything by our ownselves . He couldn’t either. The words He spoke were not originally His. He was taught by the Father. Jesus laid emphasis on this truth by reiterating:
“Then Jesus answered and said to them, “MOST ASSUREDLY , I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do…”
John 5:19 NKJV
But, Uche. What about His awesome and miraculous feats? Here was his reply.
“… The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.”
John 14:10 NKJV
Who actually does the mighty works? Jesus clearly emphasized that it certainly wasn’t of His own ability. He could do nothing of himself. But here’s the fun part – HE DID EVERYTHING.
One moment, he said, “I can do nothing of myself.” Then He turned around and raised the Dead, cast out demons, healed the sick of all manner of diseases and illnesses, walked on water, flew, teleported (Superman wished he had this ability) , changed the molecular structure of water and transmuted it into wine (what an alchemist!), split atoms and multiplied loaves and fish, commanded and controlled the sea, trees, fish, the weather (Thor still wonders how Jesus did that without the hammer)etc. And He did all these things as the son of man. Wonderful isn’t it? There is so much mankind can learn from this. God wasn’t joking when He said, Let us make man in our own image and after our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26)
Jesus did all these miraculous feats simply by accepting that he can do nothing of himself. He was just as weak in human flesh like any of us. He accomplished the impossible with this understanding and has now tasked us to do the same.
The weakness of man has not held mankind back from achieving so many incredible feats in history. So many wonderful discoveries and achievements have been performed by men and women just like us. They seemed to have done the impossible and hence had their names recorded in the sands of time. This is not because they could do anything of their own (many thought they did) but they had this potential and ability implanted in them by the Limitless Creator.
An added advantage has been given to us who are citizens of the Kingdom; granted impossible tasks of different mannerisms. The Creator assured Paul of this truth when Paul was battling with weakness of the body, and He wrote:
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” …
II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV
In our weaknesses presents the opportunity for God to perfect His strength. But first we must come to accept our limits in weaknesses and then set out to do the impossible. When we encounter a very sick Person, for example, and are reminded of the task given us to heal. We must come to the understanding that:
We can do nothing of our own frail self. But God can do everything through us.
The settling of this truth in us will go a long way to eradicate the fear of actually fulfilling our Kingdom tasks and callings. The same goes for every other human who has the dream and passion of accomplishing a task that seems impossible. You of your own self can do nothing. So no pressure there! But the one who made and designed all things, can do all things. Once He has deposited within you the passion, drive and gift to perform a task, You will be able to accomplish it. Though it would be the best to connect with your Creator. He helps you whether you know it or not because He made you for that very purpose.
Have this understanding at heart and set off to do the impossible. We in Christ, we are more than convinced that we can certainly do all things through Christ who strengthens us.