Making Himself Equal With God


John 5:16-23

When the Jews discovered that it was the Lord Jesus who had healed the man, they were determined to kill Him because He had done these things on the Sabbath.

The opposition to the Lord Jesus became more intense after this incident, especially when He spoke of working in partnership with God the Father, as an equal.

The Jews understood clearly that the Lord Jesus did indeed claim to be God but they refused to believe Him.

They sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

The Lord Jesus answered His enemies by explaining His equality with the Father :-
  • That He has the authority to do all that He sees the Father do.
  • That the Father loves Him and shows Him all that He does (this refers to the work of the Father in His plan of redemption).
  • That they would see greater works (than the healing of the man at the pool), which would cause them to marvel when He raised the dead.
  • That the Father has committed all judgment to the Son who is the Judge of mankind.
  • That all should honor Him just as they honor the Father.

    God will not give His glory to anyone else.

    The implications of this verse are clear!

The Holy Spirit inspired the apostle John to write his gospel so that we would know who the Lord Jesus is, and that believing, we might have life in His name.

If we honour God the Father, then we must also honour His Son, because He is God!