17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.
22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.John 5:17-30
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, 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, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
Jesus responded to the Jews who sought to kill Him after healing on the Sabbath with the words in this discourse. He established here that the Son has equality with God the Father in nature, power, and authority. He said in verse seventeen that God was His Father, making Him equal with the Father in nature. In verse nineteen, He says that whatever the Father does, the Son does also, making Him equal in power. He said in verse twenty-three that those who honor the Father must also honor the Son, making Him equal to the Father in authority. These statements riled the Jews even further, and they sought all the more to kill Him. But Jesus was not finished. Not only did He have equality with God, but a host of sources testified of Him.
31 “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33 You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
36 But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.
37 And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38 But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.
39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.John 5:31-47
41 “I do not receive honor from men. 42 But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Jesus spoke of the witness of John the Baptist, the witness of the works of Christ, the witness of the Father, and the witness of the Scriptures. How could someone deny all these powerful witnesses, attested by God and holy men of renown? Yet they did, for Jesus upset their system, turning their world upside down. God, please do not let the church turn into a Pharisaical system of rules and traditions that chokes the life out of Jesus’ saving and healing power. Unfortunately, that has happened in many churches and movements today.
Opinion and tradition are often allowed to outweigh the truth of Holy Scripture, and dampens the fire and power of the Holy Spirit within the church. Arise and take an axe to traditions that restrict the work of the Lord! Allow Jesus a place in the church…THE place in the church, on the throne, ruling and reigning yet walking and healing, whenever and wherever He pleases. Don’t make Him defend His power or authority. Bow before Him, praise and worship Him, thank Him for being among us.