Jesus’ Relationship with the Father (Part 2)
“24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, 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. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 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 5:24-30 NIV
John 5:24 is an amazing statement by Jesus! “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” This eliminates the argument that Jesus is a good teacher or a moral prophet. For ANYONE to make the claim that those who hear his words will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life is either God Himself, or a certifiable raving lunatic!
Jesus communicates three truths in this passage about His relationship to the Father and deity.
1 – Those who believe His Word will live. V 24.
Sinners must hear the Words of Jesus and believe.
“whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life…” v. 24
The man Jesus healed was really a man who was dead, but alive. When he heard the words of Jesus… and believed… is when he was given his new body. When we hear the words of Jesus and believe, is when we are given our new bodies.
2 – Those who hear God’s calling will live. V. 24-25.
Typically when we think of eternal life, we think of life after death. We think of eternal life as beginning when this earthly life ends. We think we enter eternal life, when this temporary life ends. When Jesus spoke of eternal life, He spoke of it as beginning in the present.
“a time is coming and has now come…” v. 25
This changes things a lot. Living in light of Heaven is not a there-and-then concept, but a here-and-now. Jesus says that the Kingdom has now come. This means our lives should be transformed now. Who we are should be changed now. We should be living our lives for God now. Jesus’ challenge to us is to live in light of the Kingdom that has come, now.
3 – Those who are judged by Jesus will live. V. 30.
28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” v. 28-29
This is an interesting passage. Jesus claims all who are in their graves will hear His voice. Those who have received Him and done what is good, will rise to life. Those who have rejected Him and have done what is evil, will rise to be condemned.
All who reject Jesus will be judged… not to determine if they get to Heaven, but to see what degree of punishment they receive in Hell. This is a very scary passage. Judgment is coming… for everyone. No one is able to stand judgment before God. Only those whose sins have been covered by Jesus Christ will be risen to life.
Lord Jesus thank You that You came to give Your life in my place so that when judgment comes, I will rise to life with You. In the awesome name of Jesus Christ, 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.