I was reading the book of John, in chapter five, when I came across the part where the Jewish leaders were giving Jesus a hard time. Jesus had just healed a man who had been sick for 38 years. The issue is that they were upset with Jesus because he worked on the Sabbath. The Sabbath is declared to be a day of rest from work, that would be devoted to God.
I loved Jesus’ initial response to their objection. He said. “My Father is always working, and so am I.” I shared this verse on Twitter and sent out a tweet saying, “Something tells me that I probably shouldn't try to use this to defend my workaholic tendencies..”
The Jewish leader’s reaction to this was pretty intense. John says that they “tried all the harder” to find a way to kill him. This means that they must have already been trying to find a way to kill him. But now, He’s not only broke the Sabbath, but He is is claiming that God is his father, thereby making himself equal with God.
And then we get a vibrant look into the way Jesus spoke to these “religious leaders.”
From this portion of Scripture, I come away with the following thoughts:
- Jesus is, indeed, The Son of God.
- Those who listen to Jesus’ message and believe will have eternal live and will not be condemned for their sins.
- The true purpose of all Scripture is to point toward faith in Jesus.
- Our main objective should be to seek the approval of God alone.
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