Try as he might, Jesus could not convince the religious authorities that what he was doing-and by extension who he was-was from God. The enemies of Jesus seized upon Jesus’ words which equated him with God. “The Father and I are one” was Jesus’ most recent claim, which twisted the authorities’ innards into knots.
Jesus points his opponents past the words to his actions. If what I am doing is God’s work, which in the Hebrew scriptures is summed up by the practice of caring for the widow, the orphan and the alien, in other words, healing and advocating for the powerless, then I am in God and God in me. And what was Jesus doing? Just opening the ears of the deaf, feeding the hungry, casting out demons, giving sight to the blind, curing the lame, forgiving sins? God’s work, all.
Jesus promised that we will do greater works than these, which means, we are in God and God in us. Whenever we give as little as a cup of water in Jesus’ name, we are demonstrating that God is in us and we in God.
Lord God, dwell is us and empower us to dwell in you. Amen. — DAB