Today’s Reading: John 5:24-47 (additional reading: Psalm 106:1-12 & Proverbs 14:30-31)
There was an old man that witnessed a burglary and appeared in court. The defence lawyer asked him, “Did you see my client commit this burglary?” “Yes,” the man said. “I saw him plainly take the goods.” The lawyer added, “This happened at night. Are you sure you saw my client commit this crime?” “Yes, I saw him do it,” the man said. The lawyer then said, “You are 80 years old and your eyesight probably is not as good as it used to be. Just how far can you see at night?” The man said, “I can see the moon. How far is that?”
Well, this goes to prove that, when we are looking to prove something, we desire reliable witnesses. We want the help of those who see it right and hear it right. We want the help of those who remember it right and get the facts right. We want the testimony to be reliable and trustworthy.
After determining that Jesus was the one who healed the man, the religious leaders confront Jesus about violating the Sabbath, He replied in verse seventeen, that He was only doing what the Father was doing. “But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” (18) Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”
Jesus defends His actions by pointing out that He is mere imitating His father. Jesus states that God’s creative and sustaining work upon which the world depends has never ceased nor will it. He says, “My Father is working and I am working too!”
The Jews immediately grasp what he was saying. Jesus is stating He is equal with God. The religious leaders did not reject Christ because they did not understand who he claimed to be, they understood perfectly, and rejected him because of these claims. The religious leaders changed their charge against Jesus from “breaking the Sabbath” to “blasphemy” because Jesus claimed to be God.
First, Jesus Claims Equality With The Father. – He Is The Son Of God. (5:19-20). Secondly, Beyond His claim that he is equal with the Father, He claims that as the Son of God He is the giver of life. (v. 21) The Old Testament clearly teaches that only God could give life or raise the dead to new life. In Deut. 32:39.
It is clear from the text who Jesus claims to be! The two most important questions you will ever answer are these; 1)Is Jesus right about who He claims to be? 2) If He is right, what have you done about it?