16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 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. 19 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. 20 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. 21 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. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 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. 24 “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. 25 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. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 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. 30 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.
This is one of the great passages of Scripture that confirms Jesus position as the human who reveals God himself. This is not just a man who is living the kind of life God would want a man to live. This is a man who has power and authority that only God has. This is a man who shows me what a righteous life looks like, but also demands the honour due to the creator of the universe! This man is God!
But God the man, Jesus, doesn’t live to please himself. Jesus lives to please his Father. Within God’s own identity is love, honour and the willingness to put the other first. Also we see here that the Father, freely shares truth, revelation and meaning with the Son. Jesus ‘sees the Father at work’. That’s hard to get my head around, but in the way it was lived out by Jesus, I can at least understand its implications.
Lord Jesus, just as you lived for the honour and love of your Father, so I live for the honour and love of you. I am not my own. Lord, sweep me up in the love of God. May I gladly do your will above my own. And Lord, help me see the work you are doing that I may join where you are calling me to join. Help me jump in and trust you.
Written by Andrew Mellor