Day 10 – (March 16, 2019)
19 Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 20 The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than
How difficult it is to cast our prejudices aside when considering the statements of others or current events. This was very true for the Jewish leaders and their response to Jesus’ words, “My Father is still working, and I also am working” (John 5:17). They correctly concluded that he was claiming to be divine. Yet in their
Now in 5:19-24, he begins to set out how the relationship between God the Father and God the Son works. Nowhere else in the Gospels do we find this stated so clearly. Both God the Father and God the Son are equally and eternally divine, but the Son chooses to do the will of the Father; so much so that in verse 19 Jesus says he does nothing apart from God the Father. He and the Father work together. This is truly significant. It means that everything Jesus said and did perfectly revealed the mind, the words and the actions of God the Father. To see Jesus’ actions, to hear his words is to see God. Later John records Jesus’ words: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). To know Jesus is to know God. How can we be so sure? Well, John is saying to us, ‘Look at what he did’.
O God, who by the leading of a star revealed your beloved Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may after this life
Daily Reading Plan
Read John 5:19-47