Summary: How Jesus listens to God then obeys
Jesus' Game Plan
Read John 5 - from the Message
So Jesus explained himself at length. "I'm telling you this straight. The Son can't independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing.
"But you haven't seen the half of it yet, for in the same way that the Father raises the dead and creates life, so does the Son. The Son gives life to anyone he chooses. Neither he nor the Father shuts anyone out. The Father handed all authority to judge over to the Son so that the Son will be honored equally with the Father. Anyone who dishonors the Son, dishonors the Father, for it was the Father's decision to put the Son in the place of honor.
"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. This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living.
"It's urgent that you get this right: The time has arrived—I mean right now!—when dead men and women will hear the voice of the Son of God and, hearing, will come alive. Just as the Father has life in himself, he has conferred on the Son life in himself. And he has given him the authority, simply because he is the Son of Man, to decide and carry out matters of Judgment.
"Don't act so surprised at all this. The time is coming when everyone dead and buried will hear his voice. 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.
"I can't do a solitary thing on my own: I listen, then I decide. You can trust my decision because I'm not out to get my own way but only to carry out orders. If I were simply speaking on my own account, it would be an empty, self-serving witness.
recap Sabbath had overtaken its purpose
Jesus' capital crimes
- Breaking the Sabbath
- Calling God His Father (making himself equal with God)
Our Father vs. My Father
Did God keep his own laws?
My father is always at work - and I am working. We believe in the Providence of God - God's continual care of creation -
Now He teams with us
Father works on the Sabbath, in a big way -
Knowing the Father requires relationship
Father & Son - not one born first but both deeply in love - Mutual Admiration Society
Jesus is God - but on earth He limited His perspective to what He saw the Father doing.
Submission to Father not distasteful
- Son does nothing on His own
- Father withholds nothing from the Son
- Father invites the son in on 3 Amazing things
1. ACTION - same works with same motivations and same manner and results
Even more amazing - Jesus tells us we will be invited to join Him in this work
John 14:12-13 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.