HOST: Michael Whitworth
And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 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 began his gospel with the declaration that, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." In this passage, Jesus confirms and expounds upon that statement of unity and oneness between the Father and the Son. Jesus came into the world to show us God. Every word, action, and attitude demonstrated by Jesus was a perfect reflection of the heart, mind, and will of God. The Father and the Son were (and are) one in mind and in motive. Nothing that Jesus did during His life and ministry was done independently of God. What does all of this mean for us? It means that, as we read and study about the life of Jesus, we are learning about God. He has shown Himself to us through His Son. As Paul would later write: "He was manifested in the flesh” (1 Tim. 3:16). God has given us the wonderful blessing of seeing and knowing Him through the life of Jesus, so that we might draw nearer to Him in love and faith. What a great God we serve, and what a wonderful Savior!
What are some things we learn about God through the life of Jesus?
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