Jesus teaching about the Father - Pt. I

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Sabbath teaching continues

Jesus is still in Jerusalem during feast of the Jews. And our story will continue there.
A quick review:
In Jerusalem for feast, we don’t know what one (5:1)
Jesus meets man with infirmity (5:5)
What was the infirmity, how long did the man have it?
Jesus questions the man (5:6-8)
What was the question?
Jesus heals the man (5:9)
What did the man do upon Jesus words?
The accusations start flying (5:10-13)
What was the question by the Jews (v.12)?
The healed man sells out Jesus (5:14-15)
Now let me set the stage some so we can understand the text a little more when we get to it in a few minutes.
Let me start with a question, a scenario, and I would like your input: Daughter, new boyfriend, or someone she is interested in, do you check him out? Do you investigate some? Well now let’s move on and let me give you a cultural picture.
The Jews here are the leaders of the Jews, this is the Sanhedrin comprised of Pharisee’s, Sadducee’s and Herodians that make up the Jewish counsel.
The Counsel was responsible for the protection of God’s word, and the Law of Moses. They had added many things , 614 on top of what Moses wrote, all so to protect God’s word and the Law of Moses.
The Counsel was responsible for investigating new teachers, preachers that showed up to make sure they lined up with the set standards and make sure they were not false teachers. They had sent out people to check out John the Baptist (Jn1:19-24) now they were very suspicious of Jesus of Nazareth.
It is believed that in Luke the healing on the demoniac that was on the Sabbath transpired prior to this healing we looked at last week. You can find that in Lk4:31-37 on your own.
So, the Sanhedrin was not totally out of line in checking out, being suspicious of Jesus of Nazareth.
(transition) now lets let our passage unfold and here is what we will look at tonight, Lord willing.
Gleaning from the passage (Jn5:16-23)
The Controversy (Jn5:16-18)
The first claim (Jn5:19-23)

Gleaning from the passage

Scripture works together to paint the story of God’s love, God’s plan of redemption. John paints the picture in the gospel of God’s Son Jesus and there is life in His name. Tonight we start to look at what Jesus has to say himself too.
John 5:16–17 NASB95
16 For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”
John 5:18–19 NASB95
18 For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. 19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
John 5:20–21 NASB95
20 “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel. 21 “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.
John 5:22–23 NASB95
22 “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Anything stick out to you of significance in this passage, any general observations?
Why were the Jews persecuting Jesus (v.16)?
Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath
Jesus makes statement (v.17) about both He and the Father, what is it?
The Father and the Son are both working
Jesus answer (v.17) did not make the Jews happy, what more made them mad (v.18)?
Breaking the Sabbath, and claiming equality with God.
According to (v.19) What does the Son do?
Only what He sees the Father doing, and He does it in like manner
Because of the Fathers love for the Son, what does the Father do (v.20)?
Father shows Him “all things” and will show Him greater works
The Father raises from the dead, in like, what does the Son do (v.21)
He gives life to whom He wishes
Who has all judgment given to (v.22)? Does this contradict (Jn3:17)?
All judgment is given to the Son, and no contradiction for Jn3:17 is about condemnation, not about the judgment being delivered.
Can you honor the Father and not the Son according to (v.23)?
No you cannot, if you honor the Father you must honor the Son too.
(Transition) - Now that we have gleaned, let’s learn together from our passage, are you up for it tonight?

The Controversy

Controversy (N): Disagreement, typically when prolonged, public and heated. I believe it is always good to define terms. Now think for a minute what was the controversy about?
Let me give you the passage again to consider the answer.
John 5:16–18 NKJV
16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” 18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
Other healings beyond the demoniac mentioned before (Lk4:31-37( there is the disciples picking grain on the Sabbath (Mt12:1-8), healing the withered hand on the Sabbath (Mt12:9-14).
What God had given a Sabbath for man, man turned into a prison house of regulations.
This prison house, created this controversy we have before us now.
For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him (v.16)
Why? For breaking the Sabbath rules that man set, going beyond what God said.
the Jews called for absolute devotion to the traditions of man surrounding the Sabbath. It became absolute obsession and absurdity. Let me give you an example.
Deuteronomy 23:12–13 NASB95
12 “You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, 13 and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn to cover up your excrement.
Deuteronomy 23:14 NASB95
14 “Since the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy; and He must not see anything indecent among you or He will turn away from you.
Here is the law, no going potty in the camp, and the Jews considered Jerusalem their camp, and it would be work to walk outside the camp to use the potty. They would break the Sabbath rules. This due to the travel restrictions that the Jews had put in place for the Sabbath.
Jesus did not come from the status quo, or act according to the status quo. The Jews did not like it, He was disrupting things and they were angered to the point that they sought to kill Him, but there was more behind it too.
They sought to kill Him because of the statement about his Father and He have been working (v.17)
John 5:17 The Message
17 But Jesus defended himself. “My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I.”
Jesus did not explain, He just stated a fact, the Father was working, so He was working. What angered them is now that He called God His Father.
Jesus had told the religious leader Nicodemus that He was the only begotten Son (Jn3:16). He told the outcast women he was the Messiah (Jn4:26). This led to the the Samaritans understanding he was the Savior of the world (Jn4:42). Then the to the Roman official believed and put that belief into action (Jn4:50).
So the religious, the outcast, the disenfranchised, and the world He had revealed himself. But yet the status quo did not accept, believe Him and sought to kill him, now because he made himself publically equal with God, and to them that was blasphemy and worthy of death.
Philo once said “God never stops working, for as it is the property of fire to burn and of snow to be cold so of God to work.”
But maybe you are are thinking what about what it says about God resting:
Genesis 2:2 NASB95
2 By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
Or what is says in Exodus
Exodus 20:9–10 NASB95
9 “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.
Exodus 20:11 NASB95
11 “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
The Lord makes the Sabbath holy, not man, the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. God rested from creation after six days, but did not stop working. Nor does the Son stop working. For He is the Lord of the Sabbath, and to us He is our Sabbath.
Commentator Morrison said “It the old world, it was hardly an honourable thing to work. It was a think for slaves and serfs and strangers, not for freeborn men. Hence work and greatness rarely went together; and nothing could be more alien to the genius of paganism that a toiling God. It was a revolution when Jesus taught ‘God loves.’ But it was hardly less revolutionary when He taught ‘God works.”
Ceasing, resting from creation did not mean stopping from preserving, sustaining and governing creation.
They sought to kill Him because of his claimed unity with the Father
Tenney said “His explanation shows that he did not claim identity with the Father as one person, but he asserted his unity with the Father in a relationship that could be described as sonship.”
The change happens from the accusation from Sabbath breaker to blasphemer (v.18)
They did not miss the fact of Jesus words making Him equal with God, which he was. He was God in the flesh (Jn1:1-2, 14, 16)
There are many who say “Jesus never claimed to be God in the New Testament.” well I think they have a hard time reasoning with this passage.
The Jews could not deny the facts the man was healed. Everyone saw it, but they wanted to destroy Him, discredit him for doing good on the Sabbath and making himself equal with God.
(Transition) - This now brings us to look at one more item tonight, Jesus first claim.

Jesus first claim

This is the first claim of several we will be looking at when it comes to Jesus and the Father here in Jn5.
Jesus answers them (v.19)
John 5:19 NLT
19 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
The claim, to be one with the Father in relationship with the Father. What the Father does, the Son does (v.20)
He states He cannot do anything by Himself. it is not that He is not able, for He is God. he put aside his divine power and took on the flesh of man and only did what the Father showed Him (v.20) from love and told him to do.
John 5:20 NLT
20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished.
The Father showed Him works, works of love, and the greater work would be the work on the cross, more than the healing of the man, but the healing available to all men. The religious Jews were going to be astonished when He was raised from the dead. For there is no greater work than being raised from the dead.
Jesus was in full submission to the Father, not by coercion or being inferior to the Father but by choice.
He did not tell the man to pick up his bed and walk under His authority but under the authority of the Father according to commentator Morris.
I love how Warren Wiersbe says it “when our Lord came to earth as a man, He submitted Himself to the father in everything, ‘Lo, I come to do they will, O God’ (Heb10:9) He veiled His glory and laid aside the independent exercise of His divine attributes. He refused to act independently. He was totally dependent on the Father and the power of the Holy Spirit of God.”
The proof of claim (5:21-23)
John 5:21–23 NKJV
21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Father raises from the dead , gives life to them, even so the son gives life too. (5:21)
Jesus uses resurrection as an example of the shared work of the Father and the Son. Here the Son has the power and authority to raise from the dead and give them life, just as the Father does. - - - this is the ultimate power, to raise someone from the dead. They, the Jews, did not focus on this fact, the healing and the proclaimed power and authority, but on the blasphemy and on the covenant breaking.
Father judges no one, all judgment has been committed to the Son (5:22)
Interesting that Jesus used the work of judgment as an example of the division of labor between the Father and the Son. It is before God the Son that man will stand before and account one day.
honor the Son as you honor the Father (5:23)
This is a clear claim to deity, Jesus as designating Himself as the Son, given authority, given judgment, and should be given same honor as given to the Father.
Alford (College press) says : All must honour Him with equal honour to that which they pay to the Father — and whosoever does not, how ever he may imagine that he honours or approaches God, does not honour Him at all; because He can only be known or honoured by us as ‘The Father who sent His Son.”
The Father sent, the Son came, the Son offered and gives life to those who are willing to receive by belief.
This is just one claim there is more to follow as we pick up from here next week.
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