John 5:16-47 – Jesus Reveals He is God…
- The Pool of Bethesda…
- Jesus heals a guy who’s been ill for 38 years… Get up, pick up your mat and walk!
But there’s a problem!
Vs. 9b – 10- The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” 11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”
12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” 13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. 14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Jesus was trying to heal him spiritually and make him whole, but he ran back to his Religious system… and he ratted Jesus out.
Did Jesus NOT know what He was doing? The healing on the Sabbath provided the opportunity for Jesus to reveal who He was to the Religious Leaders.
Jesus responds… John 5:16-17 – 16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him.17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
God was so holy the Jewish people wouldn’t even write or speak His name.
Jesus calls Him “Father” and blows them up! Then say’s that He’s working just as God is working!
God law, and His commands don’t apply to Him – He’s God! He’s absolute perfection and Holiness! Jesus is saying it doesn’t apply to me either!
The Sabbath was one of the chief characteristics of their religion and religious system. It was one of the Ten Commandments!
Exodus 20:8 NLT – 8 “Remember to keep the Sabbath holy. 9 Work and get everything done during six days each week, 10 but the seventh day is a day of rest to honor the Lord your God. On that day no one may do any work: not you, your son or daughter, your male or female slaves, your animals, or the foreigners living in your cities. 11 The reason is that in six days the Lord made everything—the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. On the seventh day he rested. So the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Sabbath means to stop, to cease, or to end. The 7th day is to be a day to stop, cease, rest. A day to keep holy (set apart) for God, to God, to remember and observe God as Creator.
The Sabbath was so important that God imposed the death penalty for those who did not observe the Sabbath. (Ex. 31:15)
Remember, the Israelites had been in slaves in Egypt for 400 years working, slaving non-stop under the Egyptians. God gave the law (commandments) because they no longer KNEW Him.
Vs. 18 – 18 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.
It gets better! Vs. 19-20 – 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these (the signs and miracles already performed), so that you will be amazed.
I can do nothing by myself, I do only what I see the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, I do also. (I’m equal with God.)
What are some “Attributes, Characteristics” of God…
- Eternal – The beginning and the end.
- Self-existent, Self Sufficient, Had no creator and no beginning…
- Infinite, Unchanging…
- Perfect Holiness (Pure, Righteous, without sin, without evil.)
- Perfect Love, Trust, Humility, Anger, Compassion, Wrath, Justice, Righteousness, Faithfulness.
- Creator, Sustainer, Maintainer of the universe…
- All powerful, All wise/ All knowing, ever present…
- Sovereign (there is no greater power and all other power comes from Him!)
The Father loves me and shows me all He does. And he will show me even greater works than what I’ve already done. And you’re going to be amazed… You ain’t seen nothing yet!
The heart & soul of the Christian faith is based on Jesus Christ and WHO HE IS… WHO HE says HE IS! The main objective of the enemies of Jesus is to diminish and distort who He is.
That question…. “Who is Jesus?” Who is Jesus to me? is THE MOST critical, most important question we will ever ask and answer.
- JESUS IS GOD!
- If we believe Jesus is God is that evident in my life?
John 5:21 -24 – 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, (allows them to have eternal life with Him) even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, (eternal life is entirely in Jesus hands!) 23 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. 24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. (eternal life begins when we believe in, begin to follow and our lives are transformed by Jesus, not just when we die!)
In order to give someone eternal life, to be the final judge and determine the eternal destiny of mankind, you would HAVE to be GOD… you would have to be the SOURCE of all life!
This is WHO I AM and all may honor me as they honor the Father, whoever does not honor me does not honor the Father.
Whoever hears and believes in Jesus (An active Believing in with my Head, Heart, Hands) has eternal life… and will not be judged as they’ve already crossed over from death into eternal life!
John 5:25-27 – 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, (The source of all life) so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. (Again, Jesus is equal in Character and Nature to God the Father.)
27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. (He’s God in human form. Sinless, with the authority to judge mankind.)
There’s only one voice that raises the spiritually dead to life!
John 1:3-4 – 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
John 14:6 – Jesus said, I am the Way and I am the Truth and I am the life, no man comes to the Father except through me.
John 11:25 – I am the resurrection and the life.
1 John 5:11-12 – … God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 The one who has the Son has life. The one who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Eph. 2:1-6 – Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1-2 – So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
John 5: 28-29 – 28 “Do not be amazed (surprised) at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, (eternal life with the Father) and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. (eternally separated from the Father.)
30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, (fair, righteous) for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me
A Spiritual Resurrection is here and a Physical Resurrection is coming… Everyone who has ever lived will hear my voice and stand before me to be judged.
- Those who have done what is good… those who lived the right way… (not based on deeds) that would be a contradiction of all that Jesus has just shared. But those who choose Jesus as their Lord, Master, Savior and Believe in Him as the Messiah, as God!
- Those who have done what is evil… those who lived the wrong way… (not based our deeds) But, those who rejected Jesus as their Lord, Master, Savior and DO NOT Believe in Him as the Messiah, as God.
John 3:36 – 36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.
Think about what Jesus has just shared with the Religious leaders…
- God is my Father… I am His Son.
- My Father is always working…. so am I.
- I can only do what I see my Father doing. What He tells me to do. Everything I do is the will of my Father.
- I am equal with God. Same attributes, same character, same nature.
- I am the giver of life. There is no life apart from me.
- I am the final judge over all humanity. The destiny of every person who ever lived is in my hand.
- I give Eternal life to those who believe in me and receive me. And, Eternal judgment for those who do NOT believe in me and reject me.
This is one of the most profound chapters in the Bible… It’s Jesus testimony of who He is. Jesus revealing that He’s God!
These Religious leaders… “KNEW” Jesus was from God, many had already made that claim due to his miracles. (Nicodemus, & those who went to John the Baptist.)
Their problem was that they rejected Him anyway! They wouldn’t submit and surrender to Him as God!
Who is Jesus to you? And if you recognize Him as God has it changed the way you live? Have you surrendered to Him?
This is one of the most important, if not THE most important, questions you and decisions of your life. It determines whether you’re Spiritually dead or alive!
John 20:31 – But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.