After Jesus heals the crippled man at the pool of Bethesda on a Sabbath day, the Jewish leaders hear of it and are angry with Him for “working” on the Sabbath. The apostle John records their response and what Jesus said to them:
John 5: 16 – 23 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. Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”
Again in this situation, Jesus boldly and with authority asserts to the Jewish leaders that He indeed is equal to God and is God’s Son, and is demonstrating this truth by the miraculous works that He is doing. He further makes the bold proclamation that He has been given the power of life over death by His Father (God) to raise the dead. As though this was not enough, Jesus proclaims that God has committed all judgment to the Son (Jesus), and that He should have the same honor from man as His Father.
If anyone thinks carefully about Jesus’ claims, the only honest conclusion we can have is that He is our God and our Creator and we should honor and reverence Him, as the one who will judge all mankind, or… that He is delusional and is making false assertions that should not be believed.
If we have believed that Jesus truly is who He proclaimed Himself to be, then there is nothing in our lives more important than this truth. So… do we faithfully honor Him by sharing this life changing truth with those who need to hear His message?