The Authority of the Son – Equal With God

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Sermon Outline:

1. Divine Sonship
2. Divine Revelation
3. Divine Sovereignty
4. Divine Honor
5. Divine Gospel
6. Divine Nature
7. Divine Judge

Sermon Text:

John 5:19-29

19 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. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 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. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

Sermon Notes

The Authority of the Son – Equal With God

As A.W. Pink says, “Christ’s claim to absolute equality with God only fanned the horrid flame of the enmity in those Jewish zealots—they “sought the more to kill him.” A similar scene is presented to us at the close of John 8. Immediately after being told that the Lord Jesus said “Before Abraham was I am” (another formal avowal of His absolute Deity) we read, “Then took they up stones to cast at him” (verses 58, 59). So again in the tenth chapter we find that as soon as He had declared “I and Father are one” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him” (verses 30, 31). Thus did the carnal mind of man continue to display its inveterate enmity against God.

As soon as the healed man had learned Who it was that had made him whole, he went and “told the Jews that it was Jesus” (verse 15). What, then, was their response? Did they immediately seek this Blessed One who must be none other than their long-promised Messiah? Did they, like the prophetess Anna, give thanks unto the Lord, and speak “of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38)? Alas, it was far otherwise.

Instead of being filled with praise, they were full of hatred. Instead of worshiping the Sent One of God, they persecuted Him. Instead of coming to Him that they might have life, they sought to put Him to death. Terrible climax was this to all that had gone before. In chapter one we see “the Jews” ignorant as to the identity of the Lord’s forerunner (John 1:19), and blind to the Divine Presence in their midst (John 1:26). In chapter two we see “the Jews” demanding a sign from Him who had vindicated the honor of His Father’s House (John 2:18). In chapter three we are shown “a ruler of the Jews” dead in trespasses and sins, needing to be born again (John 3:7). Next we see “the Jews” quibbling or quarreling with John’s disciples about purifying (John 3:25). In chapter four we learn of their callous indifference toward the Gentile neighbors—”the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” (John 4:9).”

Thus we see, not only with the Jewish nation at that time, but in our hearts as well, the great need for grace and mercy in order to see the Messiah and believe in Him for our salvation.

May we see in our time together in the Word this morning that Jesus is truly equal with God – He is God the Son; and, He is come in human flesh – He is the Son of Man. Oh beloved… let us worship Him; adore Him; praise Him; and reverence Him – for how great is our God!