Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

John 5:30-47
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: John 5:30
v30: Having explained to these leaders that God the Father gave Him the power to raise the dead, judge between the righteous and the unrighteous, and receive the honor and submission of all creation (vs21-29), Jesus reaffirmed as strongly as possible His complete dependence on and submission to the Father. He said, “I am not able to do anything from Myself, just as I hear I judge, and My judgment is righteous for I do not seek My will but the will of the One having sent Me” (literal). He’s explaining that God gave Him these divine powers for a specific purpose which was to do the Father’s will, not His own.

Monday: John 5:30
v30 (continued): Jesus’ words raise an important question: Is He telling us only about His relationship with the Father during the years of His earthly ministry, or is He revealing His eternal relationship with the Father? In other words, has He always and will He always submit to the Father this way? Not that He has given us any reason to think there would be a difference, but it’s hard for us to understand someone who has been given omnipotent power, using that power only to do the will of someone else. Our human ambition and desires would compel us to use such power for ourselves. Yet right at this point, we can see the corruption in our own hearts by comparing them to the pure heart of God’s Son. There was and is in Him no selfishness, pride or rebellion. He lovingly and joyfully did and does the will of the Father, which is why the Father lovingly and joyfully exalted His Son over all creation. When the day comes that Jesus sits on His throne to judge all humanity He will administer perfect justice because He will then, as always, seek the Father’s will in every decision (Isa 11:1-4).

Tuesday: John 5:31-33
vs31-32: Jesus did not expect anyone to believe that He was God’s Son simply because He said He was. In fact He said if God did not confirm it, no one should believe Him, but since God had confirmed His identity in several ways, it could not be doubted. v33: The religious leaders had sent representatives out to the Jordan River to interview John the Baptist during the time when great multitudes were coming to Him to be baptized (Jn 1:19-28). They asked John if he was the Messiah, and he answered that he was not but that he had already baptized the person who was. Then later he pointed to Jesus and said in effect, “That’s Him!” (Jn 1:29, 34).

Wednesday: John 5:34-36
v34: But as wonderful a prophet as John the Baptist was, he was merely a man, so he could be doubted. The only totally reliable witness to the identity of Jesus is God Himself, and when He says someone is our Savior we must believe Him. Our salvation depends on it. v35: John the Baptist was a true prophet who called Israel to repentance. Through him God shone His light of truth for all to see, and many came to that light. They listened to him preach and responded in faith. But John’s season of ministry had already passed. v36: As great a prophet as John was, he was still just a man, so his testimony could be doubted. But God’s testimony cannot be questioned, and He was performing great miracles through Jesus which could not be denied or explained away. They were proof that God honored Jesus and had given Him amazing authority. If He had been a liar or a mad man God would never perform such wonders through Him.

Thursday: John 5:37-38
vs37-38: Not one of these religious leaders had ever seen God or heard His voice. The main way God could reveal Himself to them was through the Scriptures. If they read or listened to God’s Word and then meditated on what they heard, the Holy Spirit would show them the heart of God, and they would discover that He is full of “grace and truth” (Jn 1:14) and that He is a God of love who deeply cares for the needs of His people. So if they met His Son, who is exactly like Him, they would recognize Him and welcome Him. If properly understood, the Scriptures would teach them about a God that is full of grace and truth and life (Jn 1:4), so when they observed Jesus expressing grace and truth and life, they would understand that He had been sent by God.

Friday: John 5:39-42
vs39-40: Yet these leaders preferred religious rituals to relationship with God because keeping rules gave them a sense of achievement and pride. They had become convinced that God would reward them with eternal life if they successfully obeyed His rules. So they, and people like them, actually hated Jesus when they met Him because He didn’t keep all their rules. But by refusing to recognize who He was and believe in Him they actually rejected the eternal life they were working so hard to attain. vs41-42: Jesus told them that He didn’t need their approval. It was God’s approval that mattered, but the way they were reacting to His ministry was very revealing. It exposed their heart. If they genuinely loved God they would follow people who humbly sought to do His will, not their own, and who wanted to glorify God, not themselves. And if they had God’s love within them they would rejoice to see people healed and set free from demonic oppression. But that had not been the case. For example when a man who had been sick for 38 years was healed, instead of being glad for him, they focused on the fact that he had carried his mat on the Sabbath. Only a loveless heart could do that.

Saturday: John 5:43-47
vs43-44: Jesus warned them that they tended to follow people who were seeking their own glory rather than God’s. And He said they personally cared more about having others hold them in high esteem than being held in high esteem by God. vs45-47: Jesus told them that He had come to save people not accuse them before the Father, but He warned these leaders that they were bringing condemnation on themselves by the way they reacted to Him. They had set their hope for salvation on obeying the Law of Moses, but Moses had included in his writings many prophetic symbols which spoke of a coming Savior. For example: the seed of the woman (Ge 3:15), Abraham and Isaac on Mt. Moriah (Ge 22), the brazen serpent (Nu 21:9), the Passover Lamb (Ex 12:1-14, 21-36), the Red Sea (Ex 14:10-31), Manna (Ex 16), striking the rock (Ex 17:1-7), the scapegoat (Lev 16:21-22), the feasts (Lev 23), and the sacrificial system (Lev 17:11). On one occasion Moses prophesied that God would send another leader like himself who would speak God’s word to them and warned those who refused to listen to him (Dt 18:15-19). Either these religious leaders hadn’t understood what Moses wrote, or they understood but refused to believe; but in either case they failed to take what Moses said seriously (Lk 16:29-31). 

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