1. The Son is one with the Father in work.
Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working” (John 5:17).
What is Jesus saying? The Father and Son share the same work. They have different roles in the work: The Son did not send himself into the world, the Father did. The Father did not die on the cross, the Son did. There are different roles, but what the Father does and what the Son does align together in one great work, which is to redeem the world.
Think about that in relation to marriage. Here is a great conversation for a date night! You are doing this work and I am doing that work, but what is the great work that we are doing together? What is the great work that we share to which each of our individual parts contribute? The oneness of the Father and the Son lies in sharing the same work.
2. The Son is one with the Father in will.
“The Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise” (John 5:19).
Jesus does not act independently of the Father. The Son has not come into the world to “do his own thing.” The Son sees what the Father is doing. The Son pays attention to what the Father is doing and follows the lead.
There is something beautiful about two dancers who really know what they are doing moving together. The eye of the one is on the other, and the two move intuitively as one. That is how it is with the Father and the Son.
Which of these seems more obvious to you? Which seems less obvious? Why?