This chapter is divided into two parts.
Verse 1-16 The miracle or Sign.
Verse 17-47 The discussion.
Christ returns to Jerusalem for the “feast of the Jews.”
If this was the Passover—it was no longer Jehovah’s feast.
Sign No.1 Was in the realm of creation and joy.
Sign No.2 Was in the realm of suffering and disease.
Sign No.3 Was in the moral realm.
See Verse 14. Sin no more lest a worse thing come unto thee.
1. The question of the Sabbath.
2. The claims that Christ had made.
A. My Father. Verse 17.
B. Making Himself equal with God. Verse 18.
The Jews did not care about the miracle.
They were concerned about the violation of the Sabbath.
The Deity of Christ.
Christ states His equality with God. Verse 17-18.
My Father. See Philippians 2 and John 10:30-33.
Verse 20 Greater works than these.
Enumerate some of these works.
1. Changing water into wine
2. Healing a nobleman’s son
3. Healing a man who had a infirmity thirty and eight years.
Describe the “greater works.”
The Son, co-equal-co-eternal with the Father will
1. Raise the dead. Verse 21. Physically. Spiritually. Chapter 11 Verse 25. See John 11:25.
2. Judge all men. Verse 22.
A. Only God can raise the dead. So Christ must be God.
Verse 22 The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.
The first judgment will be the
Judgment Seat of Christ—The Awards.
Judgment of the nations—Matthew 25.
Judge in Righteousness—Millennium.
The Great White Throne—The wicked dead. Revelations 19.
Verse 23 The Son has to be honored—praised and worshipped.
As the Father is worshipped so must the Son be worshipped.
We cannot honor God the Father if we do not honor God the Son.
This puts Unitarianism—Jehovah’s Witness’—Mormonism—Modernism in their right perspective.
He that receiveth you receiveth Me, and He that receiveth Me receiveth Him that sent Me.
He that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me—but on Him that sent Me.
In these verses the Lord reveals Himself as
1. Very God
2. Lord of life and death
3. Judge of all.
Verse 24 He who hears My Word and believes on Him that sent Me i.e. the Father hath everlasting life.
Verse 25 The Hour—The day of Grace.
The Dead—Spiritually dead.
The Voice—Through the Gospel.
The Life—Eternal life.
The Two Resurrections. Verse 28-29.
The Resurrection of Life.
The Resurrection of Judgment.