John Lesson 7 Day 3 ~ John 5:16-23
6- The Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus.
The Jewish religious leaders threw a fit because Jesus healed a disabled man on the Sabbath. And He ordered the man to sin by saying, “pick up your bed and start walking.” The man was in the temple probably worshiping they asked him who told him to pick up his bed.
Clearly, they were more focused on and concerned about their traditions than they were with people’s needs. They also denied this amazing testimony of an instantaneous and complete healing.
Jesus defended Himself by saying, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”
When they learned Jesus was behind this miracle and called God His Father, “the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.” NLT
I wonder why they didn’t question Jesus’ statement that God is always working, since Genesis 2:2 says, “On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.”
When Jesus healed the man with the deformed hand, they questioned Jesus about healing on the Sabbath.
The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.)
And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:10-12 NLT
God, like a good parent, doesn’t ignore us one day a week.
7- Jesus’ equality with God
The Son can do nothing by himself [of His own accord (AMP)]
He does only what he sees the Father doing.
The Father (dearly) loves the Son.
Shows him everything He is doing.
The Father will show him how to do even greater works than this.
So that you will be filled with wonder. (AMP)
8- John 5:21-23 God has given to Jesus
I found these three:
- A Father’s love
- The ability to do greater works
- The right to judge
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown gives the following three (my paraphrase):
- Identity: God gave Jesus a specific distinction as part of the Trinity.
- Union: Unity of nature and action among the distinct persons of the Trinity.
- Oneness of interest. All parts of the Trinity act in complete unity with each other. They don’t act independently or involuntarily. (paraphrased from Jamieson-Fausset-Brown)
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