Honor the Father and the Son

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. 19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 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.” – John 5:16-23.

The healed man, after Jesus comes back to him, goes to the Jewish leaders and tells them that it was Jesus who had healed him on the Sabbath. This ignites a persecution against Jesus because He was healing on the Sabbath. Jesus responds to this persecution by teaching that He, together with God the Father is continually working and He is equal to God because He is God, which they see as presumptuous blasphemy.

Jesus claims absolute identification and oneness with the Father in the works that He does, including raising the dead, exercising judgement and giving everlasting life. His power is the power of God, because that is who He is.

Jesus Is Equal to God in His Works (vv.19-20)
Jesus Is Equal to God in Power (v.21)
Jesus Is Equal to God in Judgment (v.22)
Jesus Is Equal to God in Honor (v.23)

Failure to honor the Son is failure to honor the Father Who sent Him.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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