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About-Him Devotional 05-24-03
  The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.

74: The Discourse on His Divinity - Jn. 5:17-47
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
18  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

The Jews were seeking to kill Jesus and had perhaps already called a session of the Sanhedrin for that purpose. When He claimed the works of the Father as His own,  He was accused of making Himself equal with God. All the more reason for death. Jesus said that the Son could do nothing except He had first seen the Father do it. He claimed that the Father had shown Him all things and that He did the works of the Father, such as raising the dead. He stated that we cannot honor the Father unless we honor the Son whom He has sent.   All Judgment is given to the Son and the day is coming when the dead will hear His voice. We have passed from death to eternal life by believing the word of the Son of God.

Jesus invoked the witness of John the Baptist who had testified of Him. However the works that the Father had given Him to do were a greater witness of His Divinity.  Jesus reminded the group that the Father had spoken from heaven to confirm His Sonship. If they would only search the scripture, especially Moses who wrote of Him,  they would find ample testimony of Him. However if they wouldn't believe Moses, they wouldn't
believe His words, even though He had come in the name  of the Father.

Conclusion and Application:

Colossians 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
Colossians 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
The Jesus of the New Testament is the God of the Old.  Fully God and fully man in one visible being.  The people of that time couldn't comprehend it and many people struggle with it today.  The eternal Word (John 1:1) which was and is an essential and integral part of God's nature and being was made flesh and dwelled among us  as the only begotten of the Father (John 1:14).  Although He was God, He emptied Himself at Bethlehem and came to us in the form of a servant . Every knee will bow and confess that the man Jesus Christ is  LORD to the glory of His eternal Deity (Philippians 2:6-11 ).
Revelation 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
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