John 5:30-35 – Lesson #56

While speaking with the Jewish leaders, Jesus made it clear He was on an equal level with God; “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself” (John 5:26). And yet, Jesus consistently submitted Himself to the authority of the Father.

John 5:30-35
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.”

Jesus, “who being in the form of God” (Philippians 2:6), sought only the will of the Father. He would later speak about unity; “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30), but here His focus is on dependence. Jesus never acts alone. His judgment is righteous because it is perfectly aligned with the judgment of the Father.

Jesus made some bold claims and then built a case for why His claims should be believed. First, He acknowledged the Jewish law that self testimony is not valid; “by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established” (Deuteronomy 19:15). The words and claims of Jesus were true, but they could not be considered as sufficient testimony of truth. Other forms of testimony were required.

When Jesus said, “there is another…” He was referring to the Father. It is not His will nor His testimony, but the will and testimony of the Father which Jesus holds as true. However, He immediately transitioned to the popular testimony of John the Baptist. This was a witness which the Jewish leaders could not ignore.

John the Baptist preached a message of repentance to prepare people for the message of Jesus: “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness; Make straight the way of the Lord” (John 1:23). He described Jesus as, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) and with great clarity as, “the Son of God” (John 1:34). The Jewish leaders had received the testimony of John and even rejoiced in his message for a short time. But when the full extent of his testimony was revealed in the message and life of Jesus, they were not willing to believe.

Jesus Christ came with a message of hope and truth; “the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He used many methods to teach His truth. In the case with these Jewish leaders, Jesus appealed to their sense of legal truth through the testimony of multiple witnesses. But no matter what the method, the message was always the same – Jesus Christ came so that you may be saved.

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