John 5:16-30 The Authority of the Son 

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying Psalm 23 sung by Cliff Richard at this link… 

A Word in your ear

John 5:15-30 The Authority of the Son 

John 5: 15 The man went off and told the Judeans it was Yeshua who had healed him; 16 and on account of this, the Judeans began harassing Yeshua because he did these things on Shabbat (Sabbath). 17 But he answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I too am working.”

Continuing where we left off, remember Jesus had just healed a man on the Sabbath…

Jesus could only have healed the man with God’s approval, so that answer made the leaders even angrier, as Jesus was showing them up. 

What’s more, Deuteronomy 22:4 & Exodus 23:4 allows for aid to be given to those in distress, including animals. 

18 This answer made the Judeans all the more intent on killing him — not only was he breaking Shabbat (Sabbath); but also, by saying that God was his own Father, he was claiming equality with God.

Jesus wasn’t breaking the law of Moses – only the religious leaders own Talmudic text. (Cf. today ‘Sabbath lifts’ in hotels.

Paul says in Galatians 4:10 & Col. 2:16. 

19 Therefore, Yeshua (Jesus) said this to them: “Yes, indeed! I tell you that the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does, the Son does too. 

Jesus can only do what He does by walking in step with the Father, who works through Him. So these judges are criticizing God the Father. 

20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does; and he will show him even greater things than these, so that you will be amazed. 

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet!’ 

21 Just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, so too the Son makes alive anyone he wants. 

Father & Son will raise beings from the dead.

22 The Father does not judge anyone but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father. Whoever fails to honor the Son is not honoring the Father who sent him. 

It is the Son who will be the judge. 

24 Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever hears what I am saying and trusts the One who sent me has eternal life — that is, he will not come up for judgment but has already crossed over from death to life! 

It is by going on believing in Jesus that we will be saved.

25 Yes, indeed! I tell you that there is coming a time — in fact, it’s already here — when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will come to life. 

A time is coming when the souls of the dead will hear Jesus’ voice and be given physical life again – for the judgment.

26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has given the Son life to have in himself. 

The Son also has inherent life in Himself -just like the Father. 

27 Also he has given him authority to execute judgment because he is the Son of Man. 

It is God who gave the Son the right to judge. He became man and qualified to be the judge. 

28 Don’t be surprised at this; because the time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice 29 and come out — those who have done good to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to a resurrection of judgment. 

The ‘good’ to eternal life, and the unclean to judgment. (The Biblical definition of ‘good’ being ‘righteous’. We only become ‘good’ when washed in the blood of the Lamb/Ram, and God imparts to us His righteousness.

30 I can’t do a thing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is right; because I don’t seek my own desire, but the desire of the one who sent me. (Complete Jewish Bible).


Jesus was Divine but still only did and said what His Father in heaven wanted. He is the example we must follow – which God provides the Holy Spirit for. The miracles Jesus did proved God was with Him. The religious leaders were jealous of the following Jesus had. They were not like John the Baptist who pointed people to the Messiah…

  • Today’s Verse…

Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? John 5:21

Just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, so too the Son makes alive anyone he wants. 

  • Today’s Challenge – Study!

1 Peter 3:19-20. Jesus spent the time He was buried, in the place of departed spirits, preaching! (And some listened-Matthew 27:52).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. Trumpets announce Jesus’ coming when we are raptured to meet Him in the air…

Romans 8:11-13. God at work…

Revelation 20:4-5 The millennium.

Revelation 20: 12-15. The judgment.

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Other prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)