Musings From the Gospel of John – Number 8

In the beginning of John Chapter 5 we see Jesus healing the man at the Pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath and claiming to be equal with God. As you recall, Jesus deliberately sought out this man who needed to be healed, on the Sabbath. Jesus knew exactly what He was doing and what would happen when He healed on the Sabbath.

Every time that I run into scriptures where Jesus lays it out in black and white about who He is and what authority He has been given by God the Father, I am mindful of a quote by C.S. Lewis that reads as follows:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

 C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

What follows in John 5:19-24 definitely qualifies as words or thoughts that would not be spoken by an ordinary man, at least not by someone who would be judged as being sane. Bear in mind that what took place here is recorded by the Apostle John, in the presence of the other Apostles. They saw Jesus heal the crippled man. They heard the accusations that were made by the Jewish leaders. They witnessed Jesus declare who He was. And then John records the following words as spoken by Jesus:

John 5:19-24 NASB

“Therefore Jesus 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. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. “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.”

I’ve mentioned before, anytime you hear Jesus as being quoted as saying the words “truly, truly” or “verily, verily” you know that what we are being given is VITAL information. We’re talking about automatic highlighter. And what does Jesus immediately do? Jesus immediately links what He does, with God the Father. Jesus states categorically that He can do nothing of Himself. Remember how Jesus told all believers that we could do nothing without Him (John 15:5)? There’s a pattern here if you look for it! And this is not the only scripture verses in the Gospels that makes this connection. But let’s read on. The Father and Son work in unison. The Father shows, the Son does. The Father loves the Son, the Son can give life just as the Father can give life. But the Father has given all judgement to the Son BECAUSE Jesus is the Son of Man, He has walked in our physical body, He became one of us. (John 5:27). God the Father and God the Son are both to be honoured. The Son has been sent by the Father, the Son does the will of the Father and whosoever hears and believes the words of the Son, has eternal life and does not come into judgement but has already passed out of death into life. And he who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father.

This is pretty heavy. The suffering servant Messiah of the Old Testament is manifested (Isaiah 52:13-53:12 NASB). The linkage between the Father and the Son and the Son and the Father is inseparable. John 3:16 comes to mind: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” and John 14:6 “Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Whoever honours the Son honours the Father and whoever rejects the Son rejects the Father’s love because Jesus is the expression of God’s love and forgiveness to us and the sacrifice that Jesus did for us on the cross, by giving His life for our sins, is the only means whereby God the Father can justifiably forgive us for our sins. Jesus (the lamb without blemish) literally paid the price that our sins demanded from a just and holy God.

Romans 5:12-15 NASB “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.

It is important to understand why the Son does the will of the Father. It is important to understand why judgement is given to the Son and when this judgement will take place and it is important to understand that when death is finally totally defeated, through the resurrection of our bodies, then Jesus will present the church, His bride, to the Father and God the Father will be all in all.

1 Corinthians 15:25-28 NASB

“For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.”

More to follow.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!