20 February 2010

Jesus and His Father are One

Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.
Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished. Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.
“Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.   I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek to do not my own will but the will of him who sent me..."   John 5:16-30
  • "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one."  As Jesus explains to the religious leaders why he was healing people on the Sabbath,  (Note again on the religious heart of stone:  their focus is not on what he is doing and whom is receiving help but when he is doing it.) he seems to give an explanation of the Shema, the Jewish declaration spoken whenever they gathered to worship God.  God is not divided. God is not split.  God cannot go against himself.  Even as God shares a wonderous aspect of himself to those he created, those aspects are in holy, loving unity with one another in a way that is hard for his created beings to understand.  Even if part of God empties himself, sheds portions of his divine properties and takes on the form of a servant, the Lord our God is still one.
  •  It's as though he is pleading with the religious leaders to see:  The lame walk!  The blind see!  The sick are well!  It is not the Son who does this on his own, but it is the Father who works through him and with him.  There is amazing things going on that should result in massive rejoicing throughout God's people, but their stubborn hearts are causing them to miss it.
  • As a wonderful example for us through his holy nature, the Son trusts the Father completely.  Even in the midst of plotting and scheming to kill Jesus, Jesus confidently tells them that the Father raises the dead, gives life and the Son will do the same.  Again, Jesus speaks plainly about what will happen to him and the wonderful consequences that will benefit his disciples.
  • Jesus warns them in the midst of their growing distrust, hatred and plotting against the Son that they reveal their own heart toward God the Father as well.  Make no mistake, Jesus is God in the flesh.  Jesus is the perfect, loving message from the Creator to all of His creation.  How we regard Jesus as we come to know him reveals whether or not we love the Lord our God will all of our heart, with all of our soul and with all of our strength.
  • Judging those who deserve life and and those who deserve punishment is the task of God and God alone.  And God has given that task to His Son, Jesus.  Jesus explains that he will judge who will live and who will be condemned.  He teaches that those who have done good will live and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.  Seems clear-cut.  But Jesus, I have done so much evil in my life, won't that mean my condemnation when the time comes?  If that is the case, we are all doomed.  Jesus tells us that "whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life". 
  • Here, Jesus explains that judgment is not about what we have done, but it is whether we have allowed what he has done for us to affect how we live the life that he gives to each of us.  If we place our hope in our own goodness, we are doomed.  But, if we place our hope in His goodness that lays the foundation for our own goodness, we will find life.
Thank you so much for your grace, Lord Jesus.  Thank you for your gift of life.  You are our only hope.  Please help us and guide us through your Spirit just as the Father guided your steps.

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