Honoring Jesus

John 5: 17-30
Isa 49:8-15 / Psa 145

…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.
(John 5:24)

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

In His defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill Him; not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was even calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with 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 seek not to please myself but HIM Who sent me.” (John 5:17-30)

Reflection

Jesus was unfazed, even as He knew that His claim to be the Son of God would set the minds of the Jews on His death sentence. His intention for His bold proclamation was twofold: to seal His destiny according to the divine plan of the Father, and at the same time to affirm His divinity for the benefit of those who had come to believe His words, nothwithstanding their need to fully comprehend His true mission. Our Lord knew that His revelation about His relationship with the Father would “separate the wheat from the chaff”, so to speak. The religious leaders of the Jews would all the more be scandalized by His claim, driving them to condemn Him to death; but His true followers would eventually accept Him as the promised Redeemer, especially when they remembered His words: “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.”

In the Gospel of Matthew, chap. 13:29-30, the landowner in the parable did not allow his laborers to pull out the weeds growing alongside the wheat. “If you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest.” God will take care of separating the good from the evil. As Jesus said in today’s Gospel, “…those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.” He also said, “I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself, but Him who sent me” (Jn.5:30). In the Final Judgment, Jesus will judge us for what we have done in following His Word (the Gospel) and propagating it to others. How much of the marketplace have we won for Christ? How much have others known about Him by our witnessing? During this season of Lent, let us reflect on our relationship with our Lord Jesus, and ask ourselves honestly if our lives have truly reflected His message of love to others.

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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