From the very beginning of His earthly ministry, people struggled with Jesus’ status as the Son of Man and One equal to God the Father. The Pharisees denied it and sought to kill Jesus because of His claims of divinity. Skeptics to this day still question the divine nature of Jesus and whether He truly was fully human and fully God. However, when the Jews raised private questions regarding Jesus’ claims of being equal with God, Jesus gave a lengthy discourse on this subject and revealed how interconnected in heart, motive, action, and intent God the Father and God the Son are. While the two are separate persons of the Trinity, they are also One and both equally God.
Therefore, let’s examine what Jesus has to say about His status as God the Son and His relationship with the Father.
Life can become routine and habitual. It’s so easy to get stuck in the same old rut and lose sight of the miracle-working power of our Savior. We can easily become entangled in works-based religion or tradition and forget to walk in the grace and mercy Jesus died to give us.
John 5 opens with a powerful story of a man who was stuck in a life rut and was blind to the potential of what Jesus could do for him. After spending 38 years as a cripple waiting to be healed through the tradition and myths of the time, this man had no idea what was possible when Jesus walked up to him that day. This is his miracle story, when God chose him out of all the other invalids lying around that day to receive the life-giving words: “Get up and walk.”