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Can You Prove Who You Are


John 5: 18-24

Here in this passage that we just read the sharks are circling.

But Jesus still tries to get them to understand…and to change their minds.

And so beginning in verse 19,  Jesus answers His critics…He makes His case…and He gives them more evidence…and more reasons why they should believe that He is who He claims to be.

So, let’s begin by looking again at Jesus’ claims.

In verses 19-23, seven times, Jesus says that He is the “Son of God.”

And so what you have here is Jesus, trying to get these men who have already passed judgment on Him, who have already decided that He should die…to change their minds by making these powerful claims: “I am the Son of God; I am the giver of life, “I am the eternal judge.”

Well, you can only imagine what must have been going on in the minds of His critics and enemies?

Well, Jesus continues to try. Look at verse 31: “If I alone bear witness of Myself, My testimony is not true.”

So look at what He does starting in verse 32. Jesus says: “There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the testimony which He bears of Me is true.”

 Look at His first witness found in verses 33-35…it is John the Baptist. Jesus says: “You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.”

 Jesus is saying to His Jewish critics, “You went out and heard John preach. And you heard John say that someone was coming after him…one who was greater than he was…someone whose sandals he wasn’t even worthy to tie.”

But then Jesus has another witness to testify to or confirm His claims of being the Christ. Look at verse 36.

But the witness which I have is greater than that of John;

 “You Jewish leaders, if you don’t want to believe what I have said, and if you don’t want to believe what John said, just think about My works.”

But Jesus keeps going…trying to get these people to believe. Look at His next witness found in verse 37:

“And the Father who sent Me, He has borne witness of Me.”

And Jesus keeps going in verse 39 and on through verses 45 and 46…and He says, “If you will not believe what I say, and you will not believe what John said about Me, and if you will not believe the works that I do, and if you will not believe the Father when He called Me His Son, will you believe the scriptures and the things that Moses wrote?”

 Jesus tells these Jewish leaders, “You know the scriptures…you read them…you know what Moses said…and what Isaiah said about Me…and Jeremiah…and you know how they talked about My birth, and my suffering, and my ministry, and my death…and my resurrection…”

Jesus made these claims: “I am the Son of God, I am the giver of life, I am the judge.”

“If you won’t believe Jesus Himself when He claims to be the Son of God, the giver of life, and the eternal judge…will  you believe what these witnesses say?”

In our court system today it is a dangerous thing to refuse to believe the evidence and witnesses.

 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

Now, there is another question that I want to ask in reference to what has taken place here.

I read in Eph. 3: 10 that those of us who claim to be  “the church” or who claim to be  Christians that we are to take God’s wisdom that has been summed up in Christ to a world that needs Christ.

And I read in 1 John 1: 7 that those of us who claim to be Christians are to “walk in the light as He Himself is in the light”…

And what about Eph. 5: 3-5…where Paul is talking to Christians and he says:

But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

And I read that…and that is the way that Christians are supposed to be…

Then I read in John 13: 35 that “all men will know we are disciples of Jesus by the way we love one another.”

And I read in Acts 20:7 that the followers of Christ were “gathered on the first day of the week” and I wonder, does your attendance in the assemblies…and my attendance in the assemblies prove that we are who we claim to be?

One more, Philippians 4: 4…the apostle Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice.”

Are we the people that we claim to be…and more than that…can we prove it?

In closing, there are two things I want you to take home with you.

And then the second thing I want you to take home with you is this: