Is He really? (John 5)

18 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

Yesterday morning I came across this headline on, “President accused of being a pathological liar.”  I immediately began to question the writer of the article simply because we now live in a world of situational ethics.  Sadly we often do not know what is true and what is not true.

The above statement leads me to this all important question: “Is Jesus really who He says He is?”

The context of John 5 leads us to understand that this question is being debated.  The debate is fueled by the under-current of hatred toward Jesus by the religious leaders.  Remember how John made this clear in John 1:11, “He came to His own and they rejected Him.”  They did not believe He was the Son of God.

Every move Jesus made was critiqued, criticized, and condemned.  Even the man who was healed by Jesus did not change their minds.  I want to challenge you to consider this question: “Is Jesus really God?”

In Verses 19-30 we find no less than three reasons why the church believes Jesus is God:

  1. We see Jesus unity with the Father, Vs: 19-20.
  2. We see Jesus power of life, Vs: 21.
  3. We see Jesus authority to judge all men, Vs: 22.

Because of these three reasons we make the following conclusions:  Because Jesus is one with the Father, He has complete access to the Father.   Because Jesus has the power of life He can live spiritual life to men.  Because Jesus has all authority, He is the one who is Lord.

Brothers and sisters, let’s make this personal.  Do you believe in Jesus as your Lord?  He is the mediator by whom we have access to God, I Tim. 2:3-5.  Do you possess eternal life?  This is only a yes if Jesus is your Lord.  Do you find yourself forgiven by God?  This is only a yes if Jesus is your Lord.

Feast on the Words of John 5:26-29

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 execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

I believe He is who He says He is.  Because of Him I have life in His name.  In this world of situational ethics, we can trust one to always be true.  His name is Jesus!!!

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