The leaders of the Jews were furious with Jesus.
Jesus had healed on the Sabbath.
This was against the leaders interpretation of the command of the God.
When confronted with this, Jesus responded that “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”
This heightened the conflict.
The Jews knew what Jesus was saying.
This continues the context…
18 For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.
19 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.
21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.
22 For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,
23 so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has (passed out of death into life.
Now, the Jews “sought all the more to kill Him”.
In their eyes Jesus had broken the Sabbath.
Jesus called God His Father.
We learn much about the Son and the Father.
- can do nothing of Himself
- does what He sees Father doing, in like manner
- gives life to whom He wishes, even as Father raises the dead
- judgment belongs to Son, from Father
- all will honor
- loves the Son
- shows the Son all the things that He Himself is doing
- even greater works were to come from that point in time
- raises the dead and gives life
- given all judgment to the Son
- all honor
Jesus draws the truth home for the Religious.
They thought they were having a debate on the technicalities of the Law.
Jesus was speaking of eternity, of life.
Jesus told them what to do:
Hear My Word…
Believe Him Who sent Me…
Jesus told them the fruit:
You will have eternal life.
You will not come into judgment.
You will pass out of death into life.
Do you honor the Son?
One cannot honor Father and not honor Son.