Jesus proclaiming equality with God

John 5:19-47

v19 Truly, Truly is the equivalent of affirming a truth by saying amen. It is not custom to say truly before stating a truth. It is customary for the listener to confirm a statement after they decided that the statement was true.

v19 Jesus is in full submission to the Father and his will

v20 “The Father loves the Son” This is the deepest revelation of Love in scripture and we are invited into this love. See John 15:9-10

v20 The religious leaders didn’t want to affirm Jesus power to heal the paralytic. Jesus states he will do greater works than healing the paralytic.

v21 Jesus describes the “greater works” which is to raise the dead. He is also linking physical healing “gives life” to the resurrection of the dead. Physical healing is the evidence that assures our resurrection. Jesus guaranteed this for us by coming out of the grave himself. We anchor our hope in this reality. 1st Corinthians 15; Daniel 12:2; Acts 24:15; John 5:29; John 6:40; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; John 11:24-25; Luke 14:12-14; Isaiah 26:19; Revelation 20:4; John 5:28-29; Hebrews 6:2; Philippians 3:21; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Romans 6:5; Acts 23:8; Acts 17:31; John 6:54; John 6:44; John 6:39; Titus 2:13

v21 Misplaced hope and expectations in this age results in anxiety, disillusion, disappointment. Money, possessions, opportunities, being treated fairly, seeking justice etc.

v22 Jesus has moved to the topic of the resurrection and final Judgement. Stating the Father has given him all authority to Judge. Acts 17:31

v23 The Father and the Son are equally God but the Son voluntarily submits himself to the Father.

v24-25 All men will be raised to an immortal body. Only those who are born again will be resurrected to eternal life. The unsaved will be resurrected into eternal Judgement. The second Death Revelation 20:6

v26-27 The Father has granted the Son the authority to pass judgment on believers at the end of the age. Because he is the Son of Man See Daniel 7-9

v28-29 To Jesus the resurrection to life and the resurrection to death is is an objective truth.

v30 Jesus will not evaluate us according to our feelings or biblical teachings. This is why it is important we understand who he says he is. “My judgement is just” His mind will not change nor will he be manipulated in regards to how he evaluates our lives.

v31-34 Criminal court in ancient Israel one witness did not suffice against a person for any crime. Jesus is binding himself to Deuteronomy. His testimony about himself had to be affirmed by a second witness (John the Baptist). Deuteronomy 19:6

v35 Jesus affirms the validity of his first witness John by calling him a “burning and shining lamp.” John was a light in a dark world. 2 Peter 1:19; Matthew 5:14-16

v36 Jesus introduces his works as the second witness that testify of who he is.

v37 Jesus affirms that his Father bears witness for him also testified who he is (Jesus Baptism, Scriptures) Matthew 3:17; John 8:18

In total Jesus describes 6 witnesses that testify of him. 1. Himself 2. John the Baptist 3. His works 4. The Father 5. The Scriptures 6. Moses

v38-40 Jesus rebukes the religious leaders because there is sufficient evidence for them to believe him but they harden their hearts and reject him.

v41 If Jesus agreed to provide miracles, food, political and military power he would have received honor and glory from them. But he sought to only please his Father.

v42 They cannot recognize Jesus as God because they do not actually Love the Father. They love their religious system.

v43 They claim allegiance to God (the Father) Jesus tells them they don’t know the God they think they know.

v43 Historian Josephus records charlatan messiah’s “someone else” that the Jews accepted between Jesus’ death and 70ad.

v44 The religious leaders sought their own glory and honor from one another. Romans 2:29

v45 Moses is a representation of the Law. Jesus is telling them by rejecting him they are bound to being judged by the Law Romans 2:12

v46 Jesus affirms the Moses testified of him. He had this conversation with Nicodemus in John 3 at his first visit to Jerusalem. Numbers 21:9

v47 The religious leaders thought they believed Moses and were committed to the Law. Jesus is telling them they are neither committed to the scriptures or the Law through Moses, so they have no chance of understanding who he is.

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