I have been stunned as I read through the book of John to notice how often Jesus tells his listeners that He was sent by the Father. It seems that He concludes almost every statement with the qualifier “because The Father has sent me,” and that He consistently deflects attention from Himself and towards “the One who sent me.”
Curious, I did a little study on the word “sent” in the book of John and found 41 times that it is used by Jesus in this way.
4:34 My food is to do the will of the one who sent me
5:30 I seek not to please myself, but him who sent me