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.
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.