John 5:21-24 – Lesson #54

Jesus answered the charge of violated the Sabbath by stating He was doing what His Father was doing. His word choice made it clear He was not just claiming a right to work on the Sabbath, He was claiming equality with God (John 5:18). Jesus continued by making even bolder claims which cannot be ignored.

John 5:21-24
“For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 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. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

Jesus again claims equality with God by saying He is the giver of life. He is not simply an instrument through whom God works – such as Elijah and Elisha when they raised people from the dead. Jesus gives life by His sovereign will! Again, the Jewish leaders knew exactly what Jesus was implying, for only the One True God was the giver of life. Jesus would demonstrate His command over physical life when He raised Lazarus; “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:43), but He also held authority over Spiritual, eternal life.

The unique relationship between Father and Son is further explained through transfer of the authority and responsibility of judgment. Abraham referred to God as “The Judge of all the earth” (Genesis 18:25), but Jesus claimed that this title had been given to Him. Why? So that all the world would honor Jesus as they would honor God, and in doing so bring glory to the Father; “that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11).

Honoring Jesus honors the Father. The two cannot be separated! One implies the other, and rejection of one is a rejection of both: “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also” (1 John 2:23). Jesus is much more than a great teacher.

We need to understand how Jesus is Judge and not as the one who condemns; “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:17). Jesus grants life through His word which reveals the hopeless condemnation without the grace of forgiveness. Judgment comes by clearly revealing the truth and granting everlasting life to those who believe: “God has given un eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12).

Jesus is to be honored as Judge and giver of life. Without Him we are dead in our sin, but with Him we have passed from death to life everlasting. Jesus is much more! Let’s make Him much more in our life today.

Have a Great Day!
Steve Troxel God’s Daily Word Ministries