Already through our reading of the gospel (which means “good news”) of John we have seen Jesus through the eyes of John the Baptizer, Nicodemus (a member of the Jewish ruling council), and a Samaritan women. To John the Baptizer, Jesus is the Messiah (translated ‘Christ’ in greek… the annointed one), the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. Jesus told Nicodemus that He is the only one who who can speak of heavenly things for He has been there (John 3:12-13). He also spoke of everyones need to be re-born of the Spirit. The Samaritan woman sees that Jesus is a Prophet and Jesus reveals to her that He is more than that, but the Messiah. In the Spirit and in the Truth, one day those who believe will worship, and it will not be focused on holy places.

Jesus is truly amazes people by His presence, speach and healings. This week you are encouraged to read chapters 5 & 6. What amazing discoveries do you find about in Jesus? This Sunday, we will focus on John 5:16-30. May the Lord reveal to us the true nature of Jesus and dispell any myths.

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  1. Jesus makes some outstanding claims in our passage. One initial observation is that he is unconcerned with humanity’s rules when they are in contrast with God’s work. What makes this difficult to understand is that it seems that God is the one who set up the ‘tradition’ of the Sabbath, which is in question. I don’t think God changed his mind about the intention of the Sabbath (benefits of rest and reorientation to God), but maybe we have gone too far when we look with judge and condemnation. Jesus would say at another time, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27, NIV)

    Jesus makes some outstanding claims in what he shares in common with GOD the FATHER:
    (1) “…whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does.” (John 5:19-20, NIV) What does the FATHER do even today: He sustains our world; the environment in which we live. He provides for our needs and gives us joy in the acknowledgment of a sunset or beauty of the ocean. He created and brings healing to our bodies. He sets us into families and friends for our support and encouragement. Jesus must be about doing the work of His father! He adds: “… the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.” (John 5:21, NIV)
    (2) ‘The Son gives life to whom he is pleased’ begs the question, how does He decide: “…the Father … entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.” (John 5:22-23, NIV)
    (3) Jesus claims of sharing the work, need for judgment, and honor with the Father, does proclaim that he is equal and one with the Father GOD.

    Jesus then makes some outstanding claims what shares with us:
    (1) The opportunity for life eternal – “…whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24, NIV)
    (2) A Savior who will rise from the dead – “… a time is coming and has now come 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.” (John 5:25-26, NIV)
    (3) Our own personal resurrection to one of two paths- … a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” (John 5:28-29, NIV)
    (4) Insight into how Jesus ‘works’ – “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (John 5:30, NIV)

    Jesus makes such amazing claims which we must either ‘hear or believe’ He is God in the flesh (Believing means we will live as it is true) or conclude He is a ‘liar or lunatic’ (CS Lewis). Be very careful how you choose!

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