In John 5:16-30 Jesus reveals the authority he has been given by God the Father and that he is equal to God. Rather than embracing the revelation that their long-awaited Messiah had finally come, the Jews were enraged by Jesus’s claims and sought to kill him, but this didn’t keep Jesus for proclaiming the truth.
“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.”John 5:18
Not many will deny that Jesus was a real person who walked this earth two thousand years ago. Yet many believe he was simply a prophet or a good teacher. However, scripture tells us that Jesus is God the Son. He is both fully man and fully God sent to earth to be both the judge and perfect atonement for our sins. This is made clear by Jesus as he speaks to the Jews:
- His will and the will of Father are the same (v. 19).
- He has been made judge so that he may be honored just as God the Father is honored (v. 22-23).
- He has the power of life, which means he has the power to raise the dead (v. 28-29).
The writer of Hebrews perfectly summarizes the deity of Christ in Hebrews 1:1-3:
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”
Yes, Jesus was a good teacher, but he is so much more than that. He is God in the flesh. He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He is our righteous Judge.
Who is Jesus to you?
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