Good morning to all, grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Suppose Jesus had a brother, (we will use James) and their relationship was struggling. Suppose James was insulting Jesus in some way, not aware or on purpose, but James not knowing who Jesus was because James had not fully surrendered his life to him at this time was not aware of the devil's schemes. Jesus knew by James reactions, words and behaviors in his human spirit, that James was not thinking through his new heart or new renewed mind. In other words, at this time during their relationship if James was put to the test to see if Christ was in him, would he pass the test? Jesus knew he was in everyone, but at this particular time Jesus knew His Spirit was not in James, because James was not aware of him being there.
Now that you know about their relationship on this particular day, the story starts off with James asking Jesus what he was doing this day. James had received a revelation from God about their struggling relationship ( they both were praying for answers at this time) and he wanted to speak to Jesus about this revelation. Let us look at what Jesus had planned that day and consider what he would have done. He will give us the same desires within us as he has, if he is in us. Put your name where the name Jesus is or you may be James and put your name where his name is.
At this time winter was ending, and it was a great day to clean up around the synagogue, getting ready for spring, and new growth was coming up all over the grounds. They needed to clean up limbs, leaves and all the other mess on the grounds winter brings. The people that made up the synagogue had planned to work around the synagogue that day, and it was a great day for it. Jesus had planned to work in cleaning up around the synagogue with many that day. Easter was approaching, lent had started and much work was needed to make it beautiful as possible.
(As you can already see, this story is taken place in today's time, not the time after Jesus had rose, if some have questions about Easter and lent. Easter was not a Holiday right after Jesus rose nor was lent, everyday to the disciples was Easter and everyday was lent.) That truly does not matter in this story. It is spoken only to set the stage of what is taking place today, but we may use some dialogue from the past and present.
Jesus had also planned to take some birthday cards after he had worked at the synagogue that day. The members of the synagogue had bought some birthday cards for an elderly synagogue member. She would be 100 the day after this particular day and Jesus was given the responsibility to take the cards to the elderly woman. He was very pleased to do this. He had a great relationship with this elderly person. This elderly woman was the type to always put a person's relationship first, before any work or any material need or responsibility. Of course we know that Jesus would not consider how this lady valued relationships would have any bearing on what his Father's will for his own life would be. People did not direct his will only His Father did. Just because a person believed one way would not make him show any favoritism for that person over another in helping someone else. Jesus could say to us "This women is 100 years old, she values relationships more than anything, so I must value her over my Father's will" We know He would never do that, but do we?
We see that Jesus had already planned his day at the time his brother James messaged him. When James called Jesus what do you think Jesus' response would have been? Would Jesus do the work for the synagogue? He was asked by the synagogue to help on the grounds that day, and he was given cards to take that day. What would happen if he left the synagogue to go to his brother James? What would happen to the synagogue if Jesus did His Father's will? Would the people of the synagogue get up set with him? Or would that matter to Jesus? Would he feel guilty for not doing what he had planned that day? Or would our Father take that guilt away because he did his Father's will? The synagogue had given Him these responsibilities. Which should be most important to the synagogue? Would he loose his reputation in the synagogue, would people get up set because the cards may not get there in time for her birthday. Has a result should he feel guilty of not completing this task that was given to him by the synagogue? First, for Jesus his position in the synagogue was to feed God's sheep, that was God's will for Him, to save His lost sheep. What would benefit them the most spiritually? As a result of someone being fulfilled spiritually they will change physically. Jesus begins his work in us and then through us for for others the day we fully surrender to Him. What would be God's will for Jesus, and who would benefit most from it?
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lost it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
"John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
The most need for Jesus was always to be fully embraced in His Fathers grace so he could recognize God's revelation in Him for all of us, and this too if He is within us should also be our greatest need for others. Now that we know Jesus greatest need was to please his Father and to bring us one with the Father because knowing our Father was Jesus' greatest need to complete for his Father. What do you think Jesus did this day? Would he prioritize differently than he had already planned?
John 6:38 For I have come down from Heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believe in him shall have eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 17:2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
What is also interesting to do with this revelation God gave me for you through Jesus and this relationship is to reverse the names. Put the name James where the name Jesus is in the story an put the name Jesus where the name James is.
Suppose James was doing the work for the Synagogue and Jesus called to give James a revelation from God, His Father, about him and James. What would James do if He did not know Jesus or if He knew Jesus? James may tell Jesus to wait until he did his work for the synagogue and miss out on what God wanted Him to receive of himself because his devotion was not to God, before his own work for the synagogue. This may be the reason many churches are falling away from Grace today, and many do not realize it. I am praying this parable God gave me will open your eyes and remove your blindness. If you can see through His eyes He has already given you, Praise God for His revelations, thoughts and ideas he gives us today through his word!!
All of us need to continue to pray for all of us to look more above in our hearts and mind to receive his revelations through our daily relationships and circumstances for him to reveal his true will in our lives for his true purpose of knowing Him!