Jesus’ Claim to Divinity

John 5: 17-30
Is 49:8-15 / Ps 145

He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father Who sent him.
(John 5:23)

Jesus is one with the Father
In purpose, honor and power;
With faith in His Word, together
We follow Christ, our Redeemer.

Jesus answered them, “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” For this reason they tried 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 to God. Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all he does. Yes, and He will show Him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted 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. Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in Himself. And He has given Him authority to judge because He is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I do not seek my own will but the will of the One Who sent me. (John 5:17-30)

Reflection

Three times our Lord emphasized that He was telling the truth: that what He was doing was a continuation of His Father’s work. And His work of mercy extended even on a Sabbath. His miracles should have been enough proof of His divinity. How could One who knew that His claim of being the Son of God would mean certain death be telling a lie? When the high priest asked Him, “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus answered, “I am; and you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, “What further need do we have of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy; how does it seem to you?” And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death. (Mk.14:61-64). The Jews chose to condemn Jesus for blasphemy rather than give the benefit of a doubt that He was really telling the truth.

Some religious cults, like the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe that Jesus is truly the Son of God. How about you? Do you believe every word that Jesus says in the Gospel is true? Do you believe that by taking His Word we will “have eternal life and will not be condemned”? If you believe these, then you must also believe in the last days of the resurrection, when our bodies will rise from their graves when we hear His voice, and be joined with our souls for eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. This is one of the great mysteries of our faith, when those who follow and believe in Jesus Christ will rise again incorruptible in the last days as described by St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians (1Cor.15:50-56). This is perhaps what Jesus meant when He said, “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mt.10:39).

All the words that you have spoken in the Gospel, Lord Jesus, are words that apply for all time. That is why we have no doubt that you are truly the Son of God, Who was sent by the Father for our salvation. Thus, we believe in the resurrection of our body, and in life everlasting. Amen.

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