17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
18 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.
The deity of Jesus Christ has been a sticking point ever since he walked the earth. When asked who He was, Jesus confirmed over and over that he was equal with God. He called Himself the “I Am.” He accepted the worship of many people. He did incredible miracles everywhere he went. His teaching was different than any of the other teachers of his day for Jesus spoke on his own authority. Jesus acted like God in every way and yet people have wanted to deny his deity.
Jesus was sinless. The Pharisees thought he broke the Sabbath but Jesus never broke any of the commandments! Jesus healed men on the Sabbath, that is, he did good on the day of good deeds. Why not give someone a lifelong blessing on the Sabbath? Good deeds done in the name of the Father are not limited to six days but are able to be done on any day of the week. The Pharisees had built laws around God’s laws and then sought to enforce their own laws on the same level as God’s laws. Jesus broke the Pharisees’ law; he never broke God’s law. He was sinless.
Because Jesus was God and because Jesus was sinless, he was able to be our Savior. In his person, Jesus is God. In his work, Jesus is our Savior. The Pharisees sought to deny Christ both of these offices. In fact, they hated Jesus for acting like God and talking like God. They hated him for healing people and for raising the dead. They hated him for breaking their laws. They accused Christ of breaking the Sabbath and of speaking blasphemy.
Never forget that the two most important doctrines of our faith are wrapped up in the person and the work of Jesus Christ. In his person, Jesus is the eternal and sinless God. He is God, the Son, but not through a woman for he has always been. In his work Jesus remained sinless so that He could be our Lamb who, through the sacrifice of Himself on the altar of the Cross, could take away our sin. Because of who Jesus is and what He did He is both our justifier and our eternal intercessor. Hallelujah! What a Savior.
Last night our youth group had week 1 of the Cola Clash. There were over 20 teens who came and they had a GREAT time together. Ben had the teens give each other the gospel. It was an amazing night of ministry.
I attended a leaders’ prayer summit at Moody yesterday. The churches in the city are praying for God to bring an end to the violence in it. Join them in prayer for a break in this horrible cycle.
Have a great day in the Lord,