Jesus and the Father are working!
Scripture reading for October 28th: John 5
Key Scriptures: John 5:17-21 “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.””
Jesus had been doing miracles on the Sabbath and the religious leaders were beside themselves. They were persecuting Jesus because of this and then Jesus added another reason for them to plot His death. He stated plainly that God was “His Father” and that both of them were working in the miracles of healing that were being done. In fact, Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing. In fact, Jesus announced, that greater works would be coming. The Father would raise the dead and give them life and the Son would do likewise giving those who believe His Words, eternal life. These statements caused the Jews to judge Jesus as a blasphemer as well as a Sabbath-breaker and worthy of death under the Old Testament law. Jesus said that He would not accuse them, but they would be judged by Moses–the Word that revealed Jesus as Messiah.
John 5:45-46 “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for working on my behalf and sending Your Son to work the greatest miracle–salvation for mankind! I believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and trust Him for full salvation and eternal life. Open doors of witness today to share this good news with those who have not heard that Your work may be completed.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”