God Manifest in the Flesh
A Sermon on John 5:17-23
But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
Jesus Is Equal with God
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.
The Authority of the Son
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. For 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. (ESV)
Why is it absolutely essential to believe in Jesus? In this message on John 5:37-39, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones considers the essential question of why one must believe in Jesus for salvation. This seems like an odd question, even one with an obvious answer. Yet, the Pharisees, along with many today, zealously believe in God but never mention or acknowledge Jesus Christ. The Pharisees had just witnessed a powerful miracle, however, they completely overlook it because they believed in God! In performing this miracle, Jesus had broken the Sabbath. He had broken God’s law which the Pharisees were dedicated to protect. Therefore, they confront Jesus about his working on the Sabbath. How does he respond? Jesus says, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” Jesus responds by making himself equal with God, fully divine, fully a part of the triune God. Believing in Jesus and his identity as God in the flesh is essential to salvation and knowing God. The Pharisees ardently profess belief in God, but respond to Jesus with further desire to kill him. It is in the midst of this profound rejection of Jesus that The Doctor offers reasons for why it is essential to believe in Jesus.