ALL-CHURCH FOCUS 2018 DEVOTIONAL

August 30th, Day #12 - John 5:19-47

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"So Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.'"– John 5:19

 

Jesus and the Father are in complete harmony, walking step-by-step, side-by-side; they move as one. 


What could help you walk more in step with them today? 


Who in your life could help you walk more in step with Jesus? 

Game ON

Read John 5:19-47

 

Who is Jesus?  Why is it important to know and believe Him?

 

In today’s passage the Apostle John gives us the answers to those two questions. Jesus is the Son of God and He is also the Son of Man. Jesus is fully man and fully God. As the Son of God He fulfills all that was written about Him in the Scriptures. As the Son of Man, He is given the authority by God to judge all humans.  

 

So, why is it important to know and believe Him? It is important because knowing and believing in Jesus leads to eternal life. Rejecting Jesus leads to eternal death. We all need to make this choice for ourselves. 

 

Do you know Jesus? Consider this quote by C.S. Lewis: “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.”

 

Who do you say He is? 

your move

Let’s look to what God wants to say directly to you today through John 5:19-47.

 

Scripture: Write down what part(s) of this story sticks with you after reading it through at least one time? What about it made it stick?

 

Observation: What does the Son observe the Father doing? Why do you suppose Jesus is making this connection to those around Him?

 

Application: Jesus follows the Father who gave Him work to accomplish in His lifetime. If you believe in Jesus, what special works, talents, opportunities has He given you to accomplish in order to help others come to know Him?

 

Prayer: Pray for those in your life that do not know and trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Next, ask Jesus to give you divine appointments or special opportunities to share with them how Jesus has known and loved you.

Bonus round

Did Jesus really think He was God? Or was that just a concept His adherents later fabricated? Let's explore some verses to find out! 


Jesus was always God. From eternity past He has been the second Person of the Trinity, and He always will be. The question of when, after the Incarnation, the human Jesus knew that He was God is interesting, but it is not addressed in Scripture. We know that, as an adult, Jesus fully realized who He was, expressing it this way: “Very truly I tell you, . . . before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58). And when He prayed, “Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” (John 17:5).

It also seems that, as a child, Jesus was already aware of His nature and work. When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary took the family to Jerusalem. On their way home, they were concerned about Jesus’ being missing from their caravan. They returned to Jerusalem and found Jesus “in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions” (Luke 2:46). His mother asked Jesus why He would disappear and worry them so. Jesus asked in return, “Why were you searching for me? . . . . Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” (verse 49). Joseph and Mary did not understand Jesus’ words (verse 50). Whatever those around Him did not grasp, it seems that Jesus, at a very young age, did know that He was the Son of God and that the Father had foreordained the work He was to do.

After the incident in the temple, Luke says, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). If at this point in Jesus’ human experience He knew everything, He would not need to “grow in wisdom.” We emphasize that this was Jesus’ human experience. Jesus never ceased being God, but in some matters He veiled His divinity in accordance with the Father’s will. Thus, the Son subjected Himself to physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. The Son of God voluntarily put Himself in the position of needing to assimilate knowledge as a man.

When did Jesus know that He was God? From the heavenly perspective, the Son knew from eternity past who He was and what His earthly work was to be. From the earthly perspective, the incarnate Jesus came to that realization at some point early in life. Just when that point was, we cannot know for sure.


*This resource an excerpt from When did Jesus know that He was God? by GotQuestions.org