The Father Loveth the Son

John 5: 19-20

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth Him all things that Himself doeth: and He will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

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In these next few verses, scholars tell us that the language Jesus used was completely Rabbinic: That is, He took the stance and attitude of a Master, a religious authority, as He lectured His accusers, explaining to them His relationship with the Father as the Son of God,

The Son can do nothing of HImself: This statement speaks of the complete submission of Jesus to His Father. His submission was not coerced or forced upon Him against His will. It was completely His choice, out of love for the Father, to submit Himself to the Father. Therefore, His healing of the lame man on the sabbath was the will of the Father.

Jesus continues, in v. 19, to explain that His work was a perfect reflection of the work and will of God the Father. Jesus showed us exactly what the work and will of God is. His meaning is clear that He and the Father are in complete accord; that when Jesus came to earth, He did not cease to be God. The personality of Jesus Christ was the personality of God the Father.

Too often, we tend to separate the two. We see the God of the old Testament as judging, righteous, a God of war. Jesus, in the New Testament, was loving and willing to sacrifice Himself for man. However, this is wrong thinking. God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are one and the same. We should not fail to see the immense love of God, His grace and His faithfulness, in the Old Testament. He was incredibly patient in His dealings with the Jews, warning them time after time, giving them every chance to repent of their sin and return to Him. And after they had been disciplined, He restored them over and over again. Jesus was a reflection of the Father; the Father was reflected by the Son.

The Father loves the Son: The verb tense denotes a continuing habitual love; the Father never ceases to love the Son.

He will shew Him greater works than these, that ye may marvel: It is quite tempting here to use a grammatically incorrect American idiom –“You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” The Jewish leaders were shocked at the sabbath healing; even more appalled at Jesus’ command to the healed man to do WORK on the sabbath!

Jesus said to them that there were even greater things coming that God would reveal to them through the Son.

2 thoughts on “The Father Loveth the Son

  1. Excellent post.

    I always marvel at the Lord’s overall planning in the distant past, in that before He ever created anything or anyone He planned to one day become one of us. He would demonstrate His total and pure love for us as our heavenly Father but would also be a humble and obedient Son. In this way He would accomplish two things at once. He would be among us as our loving Father, Master, and Lord, showing us the way, teaching us, preparing us, and disciplining us. He would also be our close Friend, relating to us horizontally, eventually sacrificing Himself on our behalf, and demonstrating the greatest love. This is sometimes a hard concept to grasp, that the Lord can be both Father and Son, or as you said: “God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son are one and the same.” When we think about it, however, there could not possibly be any other way.

    Thank you, Linda. You are really capturing something profound here with this current series on the Gospel of John. All of your prior series have been excellent and contained good teaching, but this one stands out to me. Perhaps it is the deep and personal subject matter in which a central theme is constantly being revisited. The apostle Paul referred to this in the following:

    Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. [2Corinthians 5:18-19]

    Blessings to you.

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    1. This is the first book study I’ve done in which Jesus is the center right from verse one, chapter one. I get so excited studying and writing, thinking about Him, the reality of what He has done, Who He is,—and it’s coming through. My stats are growing every day. And we haven’t even gotten to the best stuff yet 🙂

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