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John 5 Part 2–Setting the Record Straight

It is very difficult for the world to understand the distinction between Jesus and other religious Icons. Knowing that, John wanted to take that card off the table.  Here in the early going, John tells us that our Lord did not soft peddle His deity.  As He was healing folks, the religious leaders were getting more and more concerned.  They wanted Him out of the picture. 

So, though others might step back a little to allow emotions to settle, Jesus made no apologies for His being God’s Son.  Instead, like a true son, He was standing up for His Father.  He wanted the world to know that His Father cared about the people 24/7/365! Sabbath Schmabbath! God loves folks all the time, in every circumstance, and wherever they may be.

Jesus was intent on helping the ones who would listen to realize that God was a personal God that wanted to be in the lives of those that He loves!  He will meet needs, heal the sick, raise the dead, liberate the captives of the world’s hold and restore the lives of those that are broken-hearted.  

Jesus did not need the religious leaders’ approval, and, in fact the more He saw them the more disappointed with them He became.  He told all that would listen He came to set the record straight.  He is our Heavenly Father’s Son and sought to show the true nature and spirit of the Father that sent Him. That is what sets Jesus apart from the other religious Icons and that is what makes salvation possible for sinners like us!

God Bless You

So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

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.

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.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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