Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2396
Joh 5:19 Jesus answered that accusation, “I am honestly telling you, the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only does what he sees the Father doing. Because whatever the Father does, the Son does these things in the same way.
Joh 5:20 Because the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing, and he will show him greater works than these so that you will be amazed.
Joh 5:21 And just as the Father raises the dead and is making them alive, so the Son also makes alive those he wants to.
Joh 5:22 The Father, in fact, is not judging anyone but has given judgment of everyone to the Son,
Joh 5:23 so that all people may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
The Jewish officials had charged Jesus with not only abolishing the Sabbath, but even saying God is his own Father, treating himself the same way as God.
Jesus’ answer is “guilty as charged.” He goes on to say that he will not only heal people like God does, making those who are dying alive again. He will also judge people for their sins the way the Father does.
Jesus is not trying to defend his actions based on the cultural expectations of the Jewish people. He is making the case for his own crucifixion. He is writing his own death warrant. He is heading to the cross, because he loves us.
LORD, thank you for your sacrificial love.