72. the Son can do nothing by himself (John 5:19).
Had Jesus been operating in His own power, He could not have been our example, for if He had access to power that is unavailable to us, then we could not walk where He walked or do the things that He did. Yes, He came to earth as fully God and fully man, but this passage reminds us that He laid aside His own power and worked by the same Spirit that fills our lives. His identity as God didn’t change, but He emptied himself of that which we could never reach. His life is proof that with the power of God’s Spirit, we can live without sin and with miraculous evidence of God’s presence in our lives. Why don’t we? We fail to let God live through us.