John 5:25-29 – Lesson #55

When we take the time to study the claims of Jesus, we begin to understand why the Jewish leaders became so angry and “sought to kill Him” (John 5:16). In some of the clearest words recorded in any of the gospels, Jesus sets Himself on an equal level with God.

John 5:25-29
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth-those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

Jesus draws special attention by emphasizing the truthfulness of His words and then states the dual nature of His truth. The hour has now come for life to be granted; and yet, the hour of resurrected life is yet to come.

The gift of eternal life begins the moment we believe. This is a Spiritual resurrection from the dead; “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” (John 5:24). Before the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, we were Spiritually dead – eternally separated from God. But when we truly believe we pass from death to life; “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Spiritual resurrection is something which has occurred right now for those who believe because of the life we have in Christ.

Jesus is claiming to have the same life in Him which is in the Father; “in Him was life” (John 1:4). This is the life which make us a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and frees us from condemnation; “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Judgment has been executed and we have been set eternally free.

Notice that the authority to judge is given because Jesus is the Son of Man, not because He is the Son of God. It is in His humanity that Jesus becomes our substitute on the cross. The judgment of condemnation is executed on all who fail to believe in His sacrifice because their penalty has not been paid.

And yet there remains a physical resurrection – the resurrection which is to come – in which ALL will hear His voice and be raised. Those who are in Christ will be raised with glorified bodies; “raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). Those who are not in Christ will be raise for the purpose of final judgment; “anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15). Let’s be certain we have heard the voice of the Giver of resurrected eternal life.

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