"When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The One who sent me is with me; He has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases Him." (John 8:28-29)

Could Jesus be any clearer in this statement about who he is, his purpose, and his intentions? “I do nothing on my own....”

What does this mean? This means that Jesus is not acting on his own behalf and he is not acting alone. He is not teaching in order to become famous, or achieve the respect of others. He is not teaching to gain authority. He is also not teaching others in order to get paid or be rewarded in any other fashion.

Jesus’ intention is to do what pleases the Supreme Being. He speaks what the Supreme Being has taught him, and he does what pleases the Supreme Being.

This means, clearly, that Jesus is God's loving servant. A person who voluntarily does what pleases another is a loving servant of the other. Someone who is focused on serving another person is a servant. Someone who does this out of a relationship of love is a loving servant.

This is how Jesus is describing himself: A loving servant of the Supreme Being. He makes no lofty statements about being the Supreme Being. He doesn’t even say he is God-like. Jesus merely gives all praise, and all credit for everything he says and does to the Supreme Being. He is only doing what God wants him to do.

This also means that there are two individuals involved: Jesus and the Supreme Being. Because Jesus is doing what pleases the Supreme Being (someone else), there must be two individuals.

How could anyone, let alone so many popes, bishops, priests and ministers that have followed through the centuries of ecclesiastical sectarianism, all miss this simple understanding about Jesus - as spoken by Jesus himself? How could they have created this complicated "God became man to die for our sins" speculative philosophy when Jesus says quite simply who he was?

Others, because they simply could not believe such a complicated theory of Jesus, have proclaimed that he was just an ordinary man: So they have speculated upon whether he married Mary and so many other things that also have nothing to do with how Jesus defined himself.

Jesus is and was, as he says himself, God's loving servant and representative. He loves the Supreme Being, so he worked to please the Supreme Being. Therein lies Jesus' glory. Therein lies Jesus' greatness.

And what pleases the Supreme Being? We can tell what pleases the Supreme Being by what Jesus did. Jesus gave up any semblance of a normal life to teach people. He traveled from town to town, stood in courtyards, on hilltops and where ever people would listen, and spoke of God. And what did he teach?
“ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matt. 22:37-38)
This of course was also the teaching of Moses:

"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deut. 6:5)

And what do we know about Moses? We also know that he communicated directly with the Supreme Being and did what pleased the Supreme Being. So Moses, too, was God's loving servant and representative.

This was also Joshua's teaching. Joshua was Moses' student. Consider what Joshua taught:
"But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul." (Jos 22:5)
Notice how Joshua says clearly that Moses was God's servant. Also notice that Jesus, Moses and Joshua are teaching the same thing (along with all the other "prophets"). Now since Moses is God's servant, and Joshua is God's servant, and Jesus - as he states above - is God's servant, and since these servants of God are teaching us to love God, what does this mean about the Supreme Being?

It means that the Supreme Being want us to love Him.

Why? Because God knows that we will be happy if we return to our loving relationship with Him. Jesus is working hard on behalf of the Supreme Being to try to convince us that if we devote our lives to God, and also become one of God's loving servants, then we will be happy. We will be fulfilled.

What does this mean about us?

It means that we were created by the Supreme Being to exchange a loving relationship with Him.

Isn't this what we all truly desire? Virtually everyone is scrambling around looking for someone to love. We go from relationship to relationship, looking for the perfect person to love and serve.

Occasionally we might find that person who seems to fit the bill. But once we get to know them, we realize that they are not the perfect person we thought they were. They were not the perfect love. So we keep looking.

Despite all the love songs, the love stories, the tear-jerkers and all the romance of this world, none of us is satisfied with those we put our love on. This doesn't mean we don't commit ourselves to someone. This doesn't mean that we don't dedicate our lives to our families, our children, our country or other group: We certainly will whole-heartedly give our lives to someone or a group of people.

So yes, we definitely want to love and serve. This is part of our character: It is built-in. It is hard-wired. This is because God created us this way.

But we remain unfulfilled because we are simply putting our love in the wrong places. We are thinking that a person living in a temporary body with a temporary identity - which will die and decompose within a few decades - will satisfy us. Not true.

It is only when we give our love to the Supreme Being that we become fulfilled. This is because this is our natural position. This is why Jesus, Moses, Joshua, John the Baptist, Job, Abraham, Jeremiah, Zechariah, David, Solomon, Samuel, Eli and all the other servants of God worked so hard to give us this message: Because they were representing God's wishes, and God wants us back.

God wants us to return to Him.

Jesus is trying to tell those around him that he is simply working on God's behalf. Jesus is also showing us that once we begin to love and serve God, we also begin to truly love others as they are.

So we do not need to speculate about Jesus. We don't need to debate whether he went to India or married Mary. We simply can know from his own words that he was God's loving servant and he did God's will by teaching us to love the Supreme Being. The next step for us is simply to put those teachings into practice.


(For a more appropriate translation of Jesus' statement, see the Devotional Translation of the Gospel of John Chapter Eight - translated from the original Greek texts without ecclesiastical sectarian influence.)