Updated: Apr 2
Synkhronos is a Greek word that means "happening at the same time".
We're going to start off this blog by jumping into the deep end and exploring what Jesus was referring to in John 5:19.
Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. - John 5:19 NIV
This verse presents one of the shortest encapsulations of a concept that has eluded mankind from the beginning of time. It also encapsulates the entirety of the point of Christianity. Jesus describes in it precisely what being a child of God means; he sees and he does, and whatever is done by God is done by His son (regardless of whether they are male or female). To understand synkhronos as a concept, we'll need to look at two more verses.
I and the Father are one. - John 10:30 NIV
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. - Matthew 6:10 NIV
In John 5:19, Jesus describes synkhronos using two kinds of sight, one is the spiritual sight demonstrated most commonly in the prophetic books of the Bible, like when Elisha prayed that God would open his servant's eyes to see in the spirit realm.
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. - 2 Kings 6:15-17
The other kind of sight described in John 5:19 - though there's multiple examples of it - was rarely demonstrated verbatim. There's a simple and excellent example in Ezekiel where he is presented before God for his assignment. In this instance, God's spirit enters into Ezekiel and moves his body following God's instruction that Ezekiel stand.
He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you". As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. - Ezekiel 2:1-2
This verse foreshadows what was stated in the phrase "because whatever the Father does the Son also does". It's also a foreshadow of Jesus' prayer: "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven". The concept of synkhronos is that whatever is happening in heaven, in the spirit realm, is happening on earth at the same time, being carried out by God's Spirit via a person.
There's two elements to sykhronos; knowing the will of God, that is, seeing in the more traditional sense, and being one with God (John 10:30) so that there's fluid migration and interchangeability between your body and His body. This is what Jesus was and what He came on earth to demonstrate. There was no lagging/ waiting time between willing, communicating, and executing on God's part via Jesus. As God willed it, as He did it in heaven - that is, in the spirit, it was done on earth synchronously by Jesus.
Imagine how precious Jesus was, being in synkhronos with the Father. God stretched out His hand to heal the sick, and on earth, Jesus stretched out His hand in the exact same moment; God opened His mouth and spoke, and on earth, Jesus' mouth opened and the words that God said came out of Jesus' mouth. That is what Christianity is about, that is what all God's sons are called to be; people in whom God can live and move unrestrained and who can in turn live and move in God unrestrained.