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On the Way to the Cross - Part 6 - Like Father, Like Son

After the Lord Jesus was asked about fasting and prayer, and He had answered using the parable of the New Wine in Old Wine Skins, He was again confronted by the very people who were stuck in their self-righteous ways. “For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father has been working until now, and I have been working’. Therefore the Jews 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” (John 5:16-18).

After another altercation Jesus decides to reveal Himself at length and gives one of the most detailed speeches recorded in the Gospels. This passage is our Lord’s response to the accusations made against Him. But only His words are recorded, as there is no verbal interaction between Jesus and the Jewish authorities. Note also, our text contains a three-fold use of the expression, “Most assuredly, I say to you…” (verses 19, 24, 25). Surely this tells us that the words spoken here are vitally important, both to be heard and to be adhered to. “Nowhere else in the Gospels do we find Jesus making such a formal, systematic, orderly, regular statement of His own unity with the Father, His divine commission and authority, and the proofs of His Messiahship, as we find in this passage” (Ryle). This is one of the great texts in the Gospel of John and probably in the entire New Testament. The truths set out here are the very foundation of the gospel and of our Christian faith. Let us listen intently, for they are words that the Lord Jesus indicates we should hear and pay close attention to.

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Chris Demetriou, 19/02/2012

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