Archive for April 14th, 2014

John 5:17-30

John 5:17-30 has Jesus defending Himself before the rulers of the law.  They were unhappy with Him for healing on the Sabbath.  In fact, when Jesus told them that God also works straight through, “That really set them off”.  So now the Jews had another focus.  “The Jews were now not only out to expose him; they were out to kill him”.  They have gone to the next level of hating Jesus.  He is threatening their authority and their leadership and they want Him gone, dead being the ultimate outcome in their eyes.

But Jesus doesn’t back down.  He tries to explain the relationship between Himself and Father God.  “The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does”.  The concept of the Trinity is rather deep and complex, and the Jewish leaders weren’t getting it at all.  The fact that Jesus and God are one, although in two very distinct ways, is beyond their comprehension.  But Jesus doesn’t slow down a bit.  He says “The Son gives life to anyone he chooses. Neither he nor the Father shuts anyone out”.

Now He is really frosting those leaders.  They are over the edge mad about what Jesus is teaching.  But not only does Jesus keep going, He makes it even more urgent.  “It’s urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider”. It is impossible to miss the fact that there was a new sheriff in town, and Jesus was His name.

Jesus drives home the fact that change needs to occur.  “The time has arrived–I mean right now….Those who have lived the right way will walk out into a resurrection Life; those who have lived the wrong way, into a resurrection Judgment”.  Wow.  Jesus says we need to address our sin today, and that there is only one way that we move from sinner to saint (or at least saved) and that is faith in Him.  There is no resurrection without the Savior.  There is no overcoming judgment without Jesus sacrifice on the Cross.

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