Jesus’ Relationship with the Father
“19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.” John 5:19-23 NIV
In the last devotion, we seen the battle lines drawn between the Jewish leaders and Jesus. In John 5:19 gives His response. Jesus begins His first public discourse in John’s Gospel. In His message, Jesus begins by speaking about His relationship with the Father.
1 – Jesus maintained contact with the Father (v 19)
“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
Jesus was in close contact with the Father and did nothing by Himself. He only did what He saw the Father doing.
2 – Jesus was secure in the Father’s love (v 20)
“20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed.”
Jesus was secure in the Father’s love for Him and all the Father revealed to Him.
3 – Jesus operated with the power of the Father (v 21)
“21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.”
The Son has the same power as the Father including the power to raise the dead. Did you know that Jesus can raise the dead? He can resurrect dead spirits. He can resurrect dead marriages. He can resurrect dead relationships.
4 – Jesus was One with the Father (v 22-23)
22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son”
Jesus revealed that God has committed all judgement to the Son. Jesus identified in verse 22, that the Son has the same authority to judge all people as the Father. Being a judge of all people was a demonstration of power that only God had. As a result, this statement by Jesus was an announcement of His deity. “Just as the Father raises the dead,” Jesus declares, “I raise the dead.”
This statement would blow the minds of the Jewish leaders who taught that God alone is the keeper of three keys.
- • The key to the heavens, which He uses when rain falls like in Deuteronomy 28:12.
- • The key to the womb, which He uses when a couple conceives like in Genesis 30:2.
- • The key to the grave, which He uses when the dry bones came to life in Ezekiel 37.
Here Jesus says, “I have the same key. Just as the Father opens the grave and gives life, so do I.
5 – Jesus claimed to be worthy of the same honor as the Father (v 23)
“23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.”
This is further revelation of Jesus’ claim to deity. Jesus says that the Father is deserving of honor. If you don’t give Me the same honor you give the Father, then you aren’t really giving honor to the Father at all. That’s a big statement. It would be crazy for any mortal man to ask other men to show him the honor that only God alone deserves. If we don’t honor Jesus Christ the Son, we are really not honoring God the Father either. Jesus points out that people who ignore Christ but who claim to worship God are deceived.
This is a good passage to use when talking to the cultist because all cults diminish Jesus. All cults make Him a created being, less than the Father.
Lord Jesus, You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You are the great judge and are deserving of all honor and glory. You are worthy to be worshipped. You are the great I am. In Your awesome name I pray, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.