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Wholeness and Holiness

John 5:9b-15

It is always disappointing when religious people are upset when God works unexpectedly. A paralysed man, disabled for thirty-eight years, had just been healed; and the religious people disapproved because it happened on their holy day. They believed that no work should be done on a holy day and that carrying a bed roll was work: therefore they considered that the man had defiled the Sabbath and must be unholy. But in fact it was Jesus who commanded him to do it as a sign that he had been made whole - thirty-eight years of profound disability had come to an end.

Has God Stopped Working?

John 5:16-18

Religious leaders persecuted Jesus for healing a man on the Sabbath. But why did Jesus do it? Every Jew knew the Ten Commandments, and 'remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy' has the longest explanation of all the commandments (Exodus 20:8-11). 'Doing work' was forbidden because God had finished His creation-work on the sixth day. Therefore the seventh day was a day for worship and rest: working to earn more money was prohibited. However the Pharisees said that carrying anything (the poor made a living like that) or healing (the doctors were well paid too) was wrong.

The Son and the Father Work Together

John 5:19-23

The relationship between God the Father and God the Son is difficult for some to understand because it is a unique relationship; there is no exact parallel in our human experience. So it is wonderful to have the words of the Lord Jesus telling us how He relates with His Father. Firstly: Jesus is not independent of the Father: He only does what Father God does, and there is nothing the Father does which the Son does not also do. Secondly: Father God hides nothing from the Son; the Father and Son totally trust each other because they totally love each other.

The Life-giving Authority of Jesus

John 5:24-27

Jesus always tells the truth. But when John reports Jesus saying, "I tell you the truth", it is the linguistic equivalent of bold type or underlining - a saying that is vitally important. His religious listeners had believed that it was impossible to have eternal life without believing and obeying God's Word. Then Jesus made His announcement, "... 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!" Jesus claimed to be the life-giver: it was a claim of being equal with God.

The Dead-raising Authority of Jesus

John 5:28-30

What will happen after we die? That great question is found in every society, and many different answers are suggested. Physically, the body decomposes; but what about the person who used to live in that body? In today's passage, Jesus says that every dead person will hear His command to meet Him, and nobody will refuse to attend. The interview will reveal every living moment, and Jesus will judge what was right and what was wrong. His verdict will be divinely just, determining the eternal destiny of everyone in a way that is pleasing to Father God.

John the Baptist Testified to the Deity of Jesus

John 5:31-35

Jesus fascinated and also puzzled the people. They were asking, "How do we know that Jesus is who He says He is?" It is a good question. If Jesus is not the Son of God, there are only two possibilities: He was either deluded or wicked. But if He is Divine then we must all submit to Him. In Jewish law, serious issues, such as blasphemy, could not be decided on the testimony of one person, but needed two or three witnesses (Deuteronomy 19:15).

His Works Testified to the Deity of Jesus

John 5:36

When you want to know the truth about a person, examine what they do. Jesus used the evidence of His life as a second witness to His claim of being the Son of God. His miracles were truly remarkable; they were supernatural and John uses them as signs of His divinity. But, some may say, surely God empowered Old Testament leaders and Apostles to do miracles? Yes, but there was a great difference with Jesus. No servant of God ever claimed to be equal with God except Jesus. And no miracle-worker allowed people to worship them, except Jesus.

Father God Testified to the Deity of Jesus in the Scriptures

John 5:37-40

It is a bold statement for Jesus to claim that Father God spoke clearly about Him in the Old Testament Scriptures. But Jesus was never afraid of telling the truth. The Old Testament is full of references to Jesus Christ; and more than 400 prophecies have already been fulfilled. And Jesus said that those words were the way in which Father God spoke to prepare people to meet His Son.

Do You Love God In Your Heart

John 5:41-44

Jesus was very special. Some people wanted to make Him their hero; others wanted to stop Him being special. So while the crowds applauded Him, those who were jealous of His power and wisdom criticised Him. But Jesus was not interested in what people thought of Him. He knew that popularity would never achieve His purpose.

Jesus Did Not Come to Accuse

John 5:45-47

Jesus came into the world to be its Saviour, not its Accuser! As Jesus said in John 3:17: "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." The finger of blame pointing out sin was already in the writing of Moses. The Jews loved to be able to say that they knew God's Law, and those who were devout tried to keep it as well as they could, but nobody could keep it fully. If they could, then everybody could 'save themselves' from God's punishment by keeping the law, and there would be no need for Jesus.