Apr 222013
This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Galilean ministry

John 5:16-30

Jesus had healed the man at the Pool of Bethesda and the Jewish leaders were in uproar. The Jewish leaders had, had enough and wanted to kill Jesus for two reasons:

  1. Jesus broke the Sabbath rules according to them.
  2. Jesus called God His Father, making Him equal to God.

Jesus replied to his accusers that His Father was always working and so is He. With that one sentence Jesus focused on His identity and His relation to the Sabbath.

Lord of the Sabbath

Jesus was saying God was Lord of the Sabbath and not man and his traditions.  He was also implying that like His Father, He was also Lord of the Sabbath. The Jews did not have a problem with God’s continues work. God was upholding creation without breaking the Sabbath. They believed humans were not God and therefore should not act like God. Jesus was claiming to be the Son of God and therefore the representative of God. If God could work on the Sabbath and if Jesus’ works are the works of God, then surely the works Jesus was doing on a Sabbath was legitimate. Jesus did not break the Father’s law; a law that never intended prohibiting the works of grace and mercy on the Sabbath.

The Jewish leaders did not honor God as the Lord of the Sabbath. Therefore they measured Jesus’ acts with their manmade traditions and found Him guilty of breaking their Sabbath laws. To them Jesus’ claim of being equal to God was blatant blasphemy.

Jesus identified Himself with God. There was no doubt about it. We cannot believe in God and not in His Son, and the other way around as well. The Pharisees believed in God, but they did not believe in Jesus.

John 5:23 confirms this.

 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.

On a day-to-day basis Jesus never did anything He did not see His Father do.

Jesus’ Claims

Jesus claimed:

  • He was equal to God

John 5:18 (NIV) –  For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 

  • He gives eternal life

John 5:21 (NIV) – 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.

Jesus gives eternal life to us when believe in Him. Giving life also refers to the resurrection of the body at Jesus Christ’s second coming.

  • He is the Source of life

John 5:26 (NIV) –  For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

God was not created, and given life by someone else. He is the Creator, the Life Giver. The Father has “granted the Son”, means He has given Jesus Christ the authority to impart life to others.

John 1:3 (NIV) – Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

This means that Jesus was there from the beginning. He was not created by God.

  • He has the authority to judge sin

John 5:27 (NIV) –  And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

Only God is allowed to judge. Jesus is the divine Son of God and He is also the truly human Son of Man, who rules eternally.  The Father has delegated the final judgment to His Son.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.


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Retha is passionate about the Bible, she is the author of The Four Faces, a fantasy novel, a reader, and a blogger. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Hubpages, Pinterest, LinkedIn Other blogs: Discover Bible Treasures and Author blog 

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