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Jesus Is God


John 5:17-20

Up to this point in the gospel of John everyone and everything has declared Jesus to be God.

And this discourse is here for two primary reasons. One: to confirm and bolster the faith that many of us already have.

The second reason for this discourse is to convince non-believers that Jesus is God; not just a man, not just a good man, not just a noble man or even a highly spiritual sensitive man, and not a lunatic or liar as some would have you believe, but God.

So, what Jesus says in this discourse confirms our faith and will hopefully convince others to believe.

When you come to vs. 16. Jesus has just healed a man who has had an illness for 38 years. And in vs. 16 the Jews are angered and are persecuting Jesus because He did this on the Sabbath.

17 But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”

 When Jesus says, “My Father…” this is not talking about being the physical offspring of God. Jesus is not saying that He is God’s child physically.

And, Jesus is not saying what we say when we acknowledge God as our “heavenly Father.”

When Jesus says, “My Father” He is saying that He has a like nature, the same qualities as God.

He is not saying that He is another, different God.

These Jews who are persecuting Jesus, if they understood who He is would regret treating Him like they are and that will be true of anyone who denies Him today.

So Jesus says, “My Father is working until now…”

 And then Jesus says shockingly, “And I Myself am working”.

As a man coming into the world He fulfilled the Law and obeyed the Sabbath.

Look at this, in Hebrews 1:3 we are told that Jesus “upholds (sustains) all things by the word of His power.”

If these Jews understood who He is they would regret treating Him like they were and that will be true of anyone who denies Him today.

So, in vs. 18 the Jews “were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.

Now, look at vs. 19: Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.

 And look at what He says, “the Son can do nothing of Himself unless it is something He sees the Father doing;

 In this situation with the Jews getting so upset about Him healing a man on the Sabbath, He did not do that on His own authority; He did it in complete submission to God the Father!

 Theologians through the years have discussed whether or not it was possible for Jesus to sin, because in their minds they see a difference between God the Father and God the Son.

Look at vs. 20: “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and greater works than these will He show Him, that you may marvel.

And these Jews were stunned by what Jesus did for and what He told this man who was sick for 38 years; but Jesus tells those Jews, “You haven’t seen anything yet!”

Look at vs. 21: For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.

And notice where it says that “the Son also give life to whom He wishes.” That is simply saying that the miracle of giving life is not something that man commands; it is an exclusive power that only the Son has.

Now, let’s read verses 22-24: 22 “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, 23 in order that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.

He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

24 “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.

So, these Jews are persecuting Jesus which means they are persecuting God!

Well, we are told. Look with me at Acts 2:36: Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and [ai]Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”  Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.