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.
When I read this passage, I am reminded of the hope we have in and through Jesus. We live in a sinful world, quite different from the world God first spoke into being. However, as stated in verse 17, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.” Jesus’ act of healing an invalid man on the Sabbath day points us toward our Saviour who conquers sin, and who is transforming and renewing us day by day. The unity of the Father and the Son reminds us that as we trust in Jesus and His work of salvation through the cross, we also trust that God sent Jesus for us. The implication of this is that we will not be judged, but cross from death to life (verse 24).
With this comes a challenge. Verse 23 says “Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him”. So let us continue to persevere in believing the words of Jesus, and honour Him with our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and actions.
God, we praise you because you have conquered sin and death! Thank you that as we put our trust in your Son, Jesus, we also put our faith in you as our salvation. Please help us to live in a way that honours you.
Written by Ps. Andrea Molteno