John 5 Part 6

Jesus’ reaction to an accusation thrown at Him by the religious leaders of His day. The Accusation, “Who are you to break our religious tradition? Who are you to upset 1500 years of solidified practice? Who are you to tell us, the religious elite of our time that we have it all wrong?”
Jesus spends the rest of John 5 telling them exactly who He is, and why He has come. Jesus begins His defense by establishing who He is regarding God the Father that the Pharisees claim to know.
Jesus starts with explaining His relationship with the Father. In his defense, Jesus said to them;
“And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” John 5:16-18 (KJV)
Jesus is one with the Father.
“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 (KJV)
Have you ever sat back and watched people around a new baby? After all the oooing and the ahhing and baby talk. After the child is passed around, the inevitable comparison’s start, he has his father’s eyes, she has her mom’s mouth, look at the dimple, that looks just like his dad when he was born.
As the child gets older and starts developing their personality, and some of those negative traits start to show, the grandparents will start reminding the parents that they were just like that when they were that age, and the old parental curse comes to mind, “I hope your kids are just like you!”
While that is usually said in frustration about our own kids, in Jesus’ case it’s very true.
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:3 (KJV)
The people that say how much they love Jesus or only do what Jesus did, but don’t like God, Paul, King David or even on how God used Ruth miss the point of the entire Bible that it is HIS story. Jesus is God and God is Jesus. They are the same exact being.
That’s why the idea of the Trinity is so hard to explain and understand. We have no other thing on earth that matches the oneness that Jesus has with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
That is why Jesus conforms to the Father.
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.” John 5:19-20 (KJV)
Think about that from the perspective of Jesus. We can’t wrap our human brains around the relationship that exists within the Trinity because imperfect human language will never be able to adequately describe the perfect.
1) Jesus has never seen deceit in the Father, 2) Jesus has never heard, “Do as I say, not as I do” and 3) Jesus has never been disappointed in the actions of His Father.
Has anyone ever seen those picture puzzles where they put two pictures side by side that look exactly alike, but once you really study the pictures you see the little differences and the goal of the puzzle is to find them all?
Jesus is the image of this invisible God and the exact representation of HIS being. IF you had a picture of Father God and Jesus next to each other they would be exactly alike.
That is how Jesus lived a perfect life because he conformed perfectly to God’s image. Jesus lived in the exactness of God’s plan because Jesus communicates with the father.
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.John 5:30 (KJV)
Jesus’ oneness with the Father allowed Him to flow in God’s will. Since they had spent eternity past with one another, Jesus was able to know God’s heart and plan for every situation.

Chapter 5: John 5

The Healing at the Pool

 Read John 5:1-18.

Chapter 5 tells of a man who had been sick for 38 years.  There was a certain pool of water where people could be healed.  However, whenever the water was stirred up by an angel, only the first person to get into the pool was made well.  This man could never get into the pool quickly enough to be healed.  But Jesus healed him.

Some of the religious leaders were angry because Jesus healed this man on the Sabbath, or Saturday.  They kept Saturday as a day of worship, and did not believe that any work should be done on that day.  These leaders were thinking more about the fact that he was carrying his bed on the Sabbath than they were about the wonderful miracle that made him walk.  They thought more about their tradition than about a man who needed help.

It is true that one day of the week should be kept for worship.  But, it is always good to help people who need it.  Jesus said, “My Father works always, and I too must work.”  If God didn’t work on every day of the week, we would all die.

The Authority of the Son

Read John 5:19-29.

God have His Son Jesus the power and right to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to forgive sins, and even to judge the world. Verse 24 gives a wonderful promise that all who hear Jesus’ words and believe in Him will not have to be judged for their sins.  They have been saved from their sins and from the punishment of sin.

They have received eternal life.  They will not have to stand before Jesus and be condemned to die because they have believed in Him as Savior.

John 5

Witnesses to Jesus

Read John 5:30-47.

This chapter speaks of the witnesses to Jesus.  A witness to Jesus is someone or something that tells about Him and demonstrates who He is.  All the witnesses in this chapter let us know that Jesus is the Son of God.

John the Baptist was one of these witnesses (verse 33).  The works that Jesus did witnessed for Him (verse 36), giving proof that He was God’s Son.  The Father also gave witness (verse 37).  Then the written Word of God was a witness (verse 39).  Jesus is not an ordinary man.  He is the one sent by the Father to give salvation and eternal life.

Quiz Instructions

Now please take this short quiz.

1. Why was the helpless sick man waiting at the pool of Bethzatha?

a) He wanted a drink of water.

b) He wanted to be healed.

c) He wanted to take a bath.

2. Why were the religious leaders angry?

a) Because they were not paid money for the healing.

b) Because the healing was not done by a doctor.

c) Because Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath day.

3. How did Jesus answer the religious leaders?

a) He told them that He was working as His Father worked.

b) He told them that healing was not working.

c) He told them He had received permission from John the Baptist.

4. Read John 5:24 and fill in the blanks. I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have __________. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

a) fun

b) joy

c) eternal life

5. Who will not have to be judged by Jesus for their sins?

a) Those who have been members of a church.

b) Those who have never done anything bad.

c) Those who have heard Jesus’ words and have believed in Him and in God.

Now on to John 6 part 1

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