Summary: As part of our ongoing study in the book of John, we will spend the next several messages examining some of the claims of Christ. In each of these messages we will see different ways that Jesus claims to be God. Today we will see Christ’s claim that He
This morning, we’re looking at Jesus’ second claim to being equal with God. Back in verses 17-18, we have already seen that Jesus claimed to be God in person. In our passage this morning we’re going to see that Jesus claims to be God in works. In other words, Jesus claims to be equal with God because the works that He does are the same works that God does. Now, why was that important? Of course it was important because the Jewish leaders were accusing Jesus. They were accusing Him of two things. They were accusing Him of breaking their Sabbath laws and they were accusing Him of blasphemy. So when Jesus was faced with those charges, He had to defend Himself, right? You might think of it that way, but there was really more to it than that. Because if Jesus really wanted to defend Himself, He could have done it a whole lot more forcefully. He could have simply revealed His glory to them like He did with Peter and James and John on the mount of transfiguration. They would have immediately hit the ground. They couldn’t have helped but recognize Jesus as God. But Jesus didn’t do that, did He? What did He do instead? He talked to them. He talked to them in order that they might believe in Him. They had just witnessed a miracle and didn’t believe. A man who had been crippled for 38 years was now walking around, carrying his sick bed. They had seen Jesus do something spectacular. And all it led them to do was to challenge Him. So now, Jesus gave them His Word. He told them that He is God. He is God in person. Just as God the Father is God, God the Son is God. And, in the verses we have before us this morning, Jesus also told them that as God, He does the same works as God. I want you to notice that Jesus didn’t mince words about it either. In verse 19, He said “Verily, verily.” You might recognize the original word that’s translated “verily”. The word is Amen. He says, “Amen, amen.” In other words, Jesus was being very forceful in His words. He was saying, “Listen up, if you don’t get anything else, you’d better get this.” “This is the truth! This is the truth!” He wasn’t backing off of their claims. He didn’t tell them that they had misunderstood Him. “Oh, y’all thought that I was claiming to be God? You must have misunderstood.” He didn’t say that. As a matter of fact, when he said, “verily, verily,” He was saying, “amen, amen.” “You are exactly right in your charge—because I am equal with God.” Now, we have to ask ourselves, why is this all important to us? Why are we spending so much time looking at these claims of Christ? Why is it so important for us to see that Jesus is God? Is it so we can win an argument the next time a Jehovah’s Witness comes to our door? No, not any more than it was Jesus’ purpose to win an argument with these Jewish leaders. Jesus made these claims, first off because they’re true. But He made those claims in the way that He did, so that we might believe. As John 20:31 says, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” So, why is it important for you to see Jesus as God? So that you might believe, and that believing you might have life through His name. And that as you believe, you might tell others that Jesus is God. So that they might believe and might have life through His name. This is the Gospel. God has formed Himself as one of the creatures that He made. Or as John put it in 1:14: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” This is the Jesus we know. This is the Jesus we love and worship. And this is the Jesus we proclaim. And this is the Jesus who claimed to be equal with God in His works. Now, that brings us to a question. What is the work of God? What are His works?