Summary: The first statement that Jesus makes is an assertion that everything that the God the Father does, He does, and everything He does is also done by the Father. The only possible conclusion is not lost, to the religious leaders Jesus is claiming to be God.
I am the Son of God
John 5:19-30 Monte T. Brown
October 27, 2013 Sunday Evening
Stapp Zoe Baptist
1. The Father and I are the same. John 5:19-18
Jesus ruffled the feathers of the Jews when he basically claimed that the Father and I are one.
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)
The first statement that Jesus makes is an assertion that everything that the God the Father does, He does, and everything He does is also done by the Father.
The only possible conclusion is not lost, to the religious leaders Jesus is claiming to be God.
If that isn’t enough Jesus states that God is “His” Father.
Today we more or less take it for granted that God is to be spoken of as “Father” but this was not the way it was in the first century.
Jews would sometimes refer to God as “the Father” but they would usually add something like “in heaven” to make it clear they were not being too familiar.
But when Jesus uses the term “my Father” it was a claim to special intimacy and the Jews recognized it as such.
Jesus is claiming a relationship to the Father which cannot be applied to any other being in the universe; He is only begotten Son of God.
Jesus turns their accusations on its head.
Their accusation was; “How can you dare to presume to act and speak as if you were God!”
Does not the world still ask the same question?
Is there not still doubt in the hearts of people?
Does not the world even question the existence of God?
2. The Father and I have power over death and life John 5:21
For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. John 5:21 (KJV)
The Old Testament clearly teaches that only God could give life or raise the dead to new life.
In Deuteronomy 32:39 we read, See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. (KJV)
1 Samuel 2:6 states, The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. (KJV)
The ability to give life is the prerogative of deity.
Consequently when Jesus claims to be able to give life also he is clearly claiming to be God.
We see the sovereign power of his ability to have control over life and death.
3. I am the giver of eternal life John 5: 24-26
John 5:24-26 state, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.