October 14, 2020 – Wednesday
John 5:24-27 NIV
24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.
26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself.
27 And He has given Him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
Jesus had healed a man on the Sabbath, who had been an invalid for 38 years. He healed him by saying to him, 8 Get up! Pick up your mat and walk. With nothing else said or done 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The Jewish leaders wanted to know who had healed him and told him to pick up his mat and walk. There were laws beyond those of Moses they used to make it illegal to carry a mat on the Sabbath. Eventually they discovered it was Jesus who had healed the invalid.
As a result of 16 Jesus doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. They initially were only concerned with that, but it got worse when Jesus in His defense said, 17 My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working. That was too much for them to handle and 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill Him; not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making himself equal with God.
Jesus continued with what many call His defense. In actuality it is a description of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. 19 Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does. Yes, and He will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. C.H. Dodd saw in verses 19-20 Jesus draws an analogy from his own boyhood experience in the carpenter’s workshop, when he learned to imitate the things he saw Joseph doing, thus serving his apprenticeship.
As you read verses 21-23 you should see clearly why the Book of John is one showing Jesus as God. This is especially true where failing to honor God the Son means that it is impossible for one to also honor God the Father who sent the Son.
Then we come to verse 24, our verse for the day where Jesus states, Very truly I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Look closely at what Jesus is saying here. He was explaining to everyone there, from religious leaders to everyone within hearing of His voice that anyone who heard His word could have everlasting life if they believed. David Guzik wrote of this statement, With these words Jesus lifted Himself far about the level of any mere man. Think of it: “Hear My word and have everlasting life.” This was either the babbling of an insane man or the words of God Himself. There is no neutral ground to be found here.
Today we don’t get to ‘hear’ Jesus speak, but we do get to ‘hear’ Him from His recorded words in the New Testament, especially in the four Gospels. The message is the same from the written word today as it was from the spoken word then, Believe, put your trust in Jesus and be saved. It is the ‘believing’ in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as payment for our sins – Grace – that is what Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about in John 3:3 when He said, Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. You can’t be born again without believing.
Prayer: Almighty God – Sometimes it seems too easy to be true, but it is true. Jesus did die for our sins and conquered death three days later. We were not privileged to be there and be one of those who saw and heard the Resurrected Christ, yet we believe and accept His free gift of Grace. Help us to always see your incredible love and mercy in that sacrifice on the cross. Amen.