Jesus lived in dependency. He was dependent and desperate for his Father. His model is what “to live is Christ” means. We too must live from dependency and desperation. We do this by relying fully on our union with Christ, the way he relied fully on his union with the Father.
John 8:28. So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.
“I do nothing on my own authority.” What an amazing statement from the Creator of the universe, the second member of the Trinity, the eternal Word. He has set aside all authority and submits to the Father. And again, this is all for us. Not only to bring forgiveness, but to bring the restoration of the image of God in us.
Philippians 2:5-8. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Jesus’ faith and trust in his Father and his love, allowed him to empty himself, deny himself, and live in dependency upon the Father. He didn’t have to live from his own authority, he lived from the power of the praise and glory he received from the Father. As a result he was able to live a sacrificial human life- one that imaged the loving sacrifice of God.
And that same power for living is available to us through the shared life of Christ. The praise and glory he receives from the Father is the same that we will experience on the Day of Christ.
John 17:22. The glory that you have given me I have given to them.