Who is Jesus? – Day 13

Deeper Devotional for Saturday, June 13, 2009

Read John 5:18-47
Yesterday we saw what happened when Jesus healed the lame man on the Sabbath. More importantly, He called God His own Father. He spells out this relationship in detail and how They work together. The Father loves the Son; They do the same things and the Father even defers judgment to the Son out of this great love for Him. He says that the honor given to the Father is due the Son. He predicts the resurrection of the dead that is to come. And He says that if you believe what He is saying then you can have eternal life. The words of John 3:16 come back to us.

But why should the Jews believe Him? See verses 33-46. Because of the testimony of John the Baptist, the miracles that He does, the witness of the Father Himself and the witness of the Scriptures.

Are not these the reasons why we also should believe?

But consider for a moment another important aspect of this account. Look at the special relationship that Jesus has with the Father. Look how close They are. Have you ever considered what it would be like to have a relationship like that with God the Father and God the Son? Is not that the kind of relationship that Jesus wants to have with you? Read that portion of the text again, and imagine yourself in a similar relationship with Jesus.

Can you imagine how life transforming that would be?

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God: those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive; it is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this experience; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would have us. – Brother Lawrence (“Fifth Letter”) 1614-1691

Deeper Devotional for Saturday, June 13, 2009

Read John 5:18-47

Yesterday we saw what happened when Jesus healed the lame man on the Sabbath. More importantly, He called God His own Father. He spells out this relationship in detail and how They work together. The Father loves the Son; They do the same things and the Father even defers judgment to the Son out of this great love for Him. He says that the honor given to the Father is due the Son. He predicts the resurrection of the dead that is to come. And He says that if you believe what He is saying then you can have eternal life. The words of John 3:16 come back to us.

But why should the Jews believe Him? See verses 33-46. Because of the testimony of John the Baptist, the miracles that He does, the witness of the Father Himself  and the witness of the Scriptures.

Are not these the reasons why we also should believe?

But consider for a moment another important aspect of this account. Look at the special relationship that Jesus has with the Father. Look how close They are. Have you ever considered what it would be like to have a relationship like that with God the Father and God the Son? Is not that the kind of relationship that Jesus wants to have with you? Read that portion of the text again, and imagine yourself in a similar relationship with Jesus.

Can you imagine how life transforming that would be?

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God: those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive; it is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this experience; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would have us. – Brother Lawrence (“Fifth Letter”) 1614-1691