We’re in the midst of a deeeeep dive into a really BIG question: Who did Jesus say he is?
Yesterday, we looked at Jesus’ first words in the Bible. Right off the bat, he referred to God as his Father.
That claim led to a public clash with the religious leaders. They considered it blasphemy punishable by death because Jesus was “calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:18)
How did Jesus answer the religious leaders with his life on the line? He didn’t back down and told ’em the truth:
Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.
Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.
Those who listen to the Son and believe the Father who sent him have “crossed over from death to life.”
Being dead sucks. Being alive rules.
Cross over with Jesus.
More on this subject tomorrow. Stay tuned.
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