Thursday, July 15, 2021
15-16 The man went back and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. That is why the Jews were out to get Jesus—because he did this kind of thing on the Sabbath.
17 But Jesus defended himself. “My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I.”
18 That set them off. The Jews were now not only out to expose him; they were out to kill him. Not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was calling God his own Father, putting himself on a level with God.
What the Father Does, the Son Does
19-20 So Jesus explained himself at length. “I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing.
20-23 “But you haven’t seen the half of it yet, for in the same way that the Father raises the dead and creates life, so does the Son. The Son gives life to anyone he chooses. Neither he nor the Father shuts anyone out. The Father handed all authority to judge over to the Son so that the Son will be honored equally with the Father. Anyone who dishonors the Son dishonors the Father, for the Father decided to put the Son in the place of honor.
24 “You must listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living.
-John 5:15-24 The Message
We learned about Jesus’ miracle he performed on a government official’s Son. We also knew that Jesus was working on the Sabbath day. So a result of Jesus working on the Sabbath day, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. Can you think of another word that associate with persecution? I’ll give you a hint. The posts are pinned on the top of the page of the Sincerity Having Peace website under blogs. If God stopped working on the Sabbath day, how do you think the world would function? Genesis 2:2 reminds us that God rested on the seventh day. That doesn’t mean that God stops doing good for people just because it is the Sabbath day. Just like how we take advantage of opportunities when it presents itself, Jesus is the same way. When good comes, he wants to do good when the opportunity presents itself. Jesus let the Jewish leaders know that the Father is always at his work and I (Jesus) works. Jesus is identifying himself with God, his Father. There is no option to believe in God while ignoring God’s Son, Jesus. So the only two options are to either believe in him or accuse him of blasphemy. (an act of expressing, lack of reverence for God) Of course, they chose the second option.
So the Jewish leaders tried to kill Jesus because he was breaking the Sabbath law, and he was calling God his Father, which is equal with God. In verse 19, he gave them the answer in length. 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. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all, he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so, the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. There is more explaining himself, and the explanation will continue in tomorrow’s blog.
To summarize verses 19-24, we should honor Jesus and live as he wants us to live. There is unity with God, and because there is, God wanted Jesus to live. The question we ask ourselves is, what would Jesus do? Our decision-making can be better by asking this question and accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior is marking our life as “Eternal life,” living with God forever. The reminder of this is in 2 Corinthians 5:17. There is physical death involved, but your body is resurrected to live forever when Christ returns. (1 Corinthians 15)
Father, thank you for your reminder of accepting you as our Savior. There is no other way to you but through you. Thank you for the gentle reminder of sticking by you for a better life. In Jesus’ name. Amen!