The one who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him. – John 8:29
When the Lord Jesus was on earth, He often stood alone when it concerned justice and truth. He came to preach the gospel and the hardest thing for Him was to lead His own religious people to repentance. ‘He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him’ (John 1:11). They did not want Jesus and said: ‘We have our own laws, we do everything Moses said. We do not need Jesus.’ The Bible says in Acts 10:38: ‘He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.’
Just as Jesus had to deal with a lot of spiritual opposition, we too have to deal with opponents of the gospel. In my father’s time there was a lot of opposition to this message. He was called a crook. If you make it clear that you believe in the gospel, you will soon discover that you also have many opponents.
This is why it is good to look at the Lord Jesus and learn from Him. How could He remain so calm despite of the opposition He was facing? And why was Jesus never afraid of His opponents? What was His secret? Well, we have read the secret today: the secret in which the power of the Lord Jesus lay was that the Father was always with Him.
In John 8:29 Jesus says: ‘The one who sent Me is with Me.’ Can you tell me that God is with you? The Lord Jesus also says: ‘I always do what pleases Him.’ If you want God to be with you, you will have to obey Him. If you always go against His will, God will not be able to help you.
In John 14:21, Jesus says: ‘Whoever has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love them and show Myself to them.’