Son of God (John #15)

Tezxt: John 5:17-30

You will hear more and more in the coming days that Jesus Christ never claimed to be God.  That is what Islam says outright.  The Lord Jesus Christ clearly makes himself out to be equal with God.  Jesus Christ’s claim to be divine is one of the things that leads to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Some would say Jesus Christ was a good teacher, moral leader, religious man like Ghandi.  But not God.

  • If he was a good teacher, why was he so hated by the teachers of the law? – John 7:1
  • If he was an outstanding religious man, how do you account for an empty tomb?  We know where Mohamed is buried.  We know where Buddha’s bones are scattered.
  • If he was a moral leader, why would he call himself God? – John 5:18

What we read in these verses puts you and I into a place where a decision has to be made about Jesus Christ.  The option of him being a good teacher is going to go right out the door here.  You can’t say Jesus is a good moral teacher.

What he is about to say makes him one of three things.

  • He is either insane.  As one man put it, to make these claims and think they are true he must be crazy and on the mental level of a poached egg.  If he is insane, he is not a good moral teacher.  He is a lunatic.
  • Or he is a charlatan: a deceptive liar.  Another option is that he knows nothing he says is true about him being equal with God, but he is preaching it anyway to lead many astray.  If he is a liar, he is not a good moral teacher.
  • Or what is saying is true.  He is exactly who he says he is.

God’s Work in the Son of God vss 17-18

  • 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
  • According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the body of God Almighty. Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  The Lord Jesus Christ is what the eternal Creator of the all things, all powerful, all knowing, looks like and acts like as a man.  He is the express image of God’s person according to Hebrews 1:3.
    • Restoration – Psalm 8 says God had created man and given him dominion.  Man sinned and failed in what God had given him.  If God is going to restore and redeem what man had broken, God would do that work as a man himself.  First Adam and the last Adam was Jesus Christ.
    • Substitution
      • Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
      • 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
    • Victory for your sake1 John 3:8 …For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
  • Redemption 1 Peter 1:18-19, Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

God’s Obedience in the Son of God vs 19

  • What does God do with absolute power?  He gives it up.
  • Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
  • Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  What does God do with absolute power?  He gives it up.
  • As the flesh must be subject to the spirit, so Jesus Christ made himself subject to God the Father
    • Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
    • Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered:
  • It means he learned what obedience was like as a man. As God in heaven there was no one to obey, no one to be subject to, but he learned that obedience by the things he suffered.
  • Isaiah 53 …man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…
  • Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
    • got tired, but God never gets tired – Matthew 8:24
    • got hungry, but God doesn’t get hungry – Matthew 21:18
    • got thirsty, but God doesn’t get thirsty – John 4:7

God’s Love in the Son of God vs 20

  • God must become a man in order to express His love.  Why? Because love is measured by what it costs.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
  • Parents, how would you feel about your child being mistreated?  What would be your reaction to a show of mercy so great, you were willing to offer up your child for someone else and they said, Nah, we aren’t interested.

God’s Power in the Son of God vs 21

  • The linchpin event that proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt was the resurrection.
  • Paul said he was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the resurrection from the dead.  Never did a man die, was buried and of his own accord rose up and walked away from his tomb.

God’s Judgment in Jesus Christ vss 22-23

  • God will sit on His throne in glory to judge and what you and I will see is a man; the man Christ Jesus.

God’s Promise in the Son of God vss 24-26

  • eternal life comes down to who you trust
  • hear and live – (good sermon there)

God’s Authority in the Son of God vss 27-30

  • Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a  name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Conclusion:

  • There is no difference between what Jesus Christ says and does and what God says and does.  Jesus said If you have seen me you have seen the Father.
  • You cannot have a relationship with God without Jesus Christ.
  • What you do with Jesus Christ IS what you do with God.