And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 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. John 5:16-18
As we read earlier in this chapter, Jesus healed a disabled man on the Sabbath, because of this the religious leaders looked to kill Christ. Now looking at this there are a few things to take away. 1. The religious leaders cared more about their religion than their love for God. 2. Jesus is revealing his deity by being “Lord of The Sabbath” and healing a man
In verse 18 we see they accused Jesus of making himself equal to God. Many anti-Trinitarians will say “Jesus never claimed to be God” , well the religious leaders thought he was making that claim!
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. John 5:19-20
Jesus reveals the Father and Son are One yet separate. This is a concept that is difficult for most to grasp, so many will deny the deity of Christ. However as we seen previously Jesus revealed his deity. He is God in the Flesh, He is not the Father but He and the Father are one (John 10:30)
For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. John 5:21-23
Jesus revealed he has the same power and authority as the Father, he raised the dead, he forgives sin, he created all things. And another interesting note, all judgement has been handed to Christ. We are declared righteous because Jesus paid the penalty for our sin, and he justified us by faith
Something the religious leaders dont understand, is anyone who rejects the Son rejects the Father. And anyone who loves the Son loves the Father. The religious leaders rejection of Christ led to their condemnation
This is why Jesus said “Nobody comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6) The only way to salvation is Christ alone Amen!