Honor the Son, Honor the Father

John 5:21-23.

For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom He will.

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent Him.

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The Jewish leaders must have been enraged by Jesus’ words in this passage, in which He schools them about exactly Who He is.

First, Jesus uses the work of resurrection as an example of the shared work of the Father and the Son. The Pharisees didn’t want to acknowledge the power of Jesus in the miracle of healing, but instead focused on His breaking the sabbath. But the mighty power of Jesus had not yet been fully demonstrated. He said He had the same power as God to raise the dead, to “quicken” (bring to life) those who had died. That power is the ultimate demonstration of the sovereignty of God, Who has ultimate power over life and death. “So do I,” Jesus is saying here. The same power as the Father. It is also important to note that Jesus did not need to seek the Father’s permission to heal, or to receive the power to resurrect the dead. He already had it, as being equal with God.

in verse 22, Jesus states that God is not the judge of man because He has given that responsibility to Jesus. A division of power, if you will. On judgment day, mankind will stand before Jesus Christ to answer for their unbelief.

Even during His time on earth, Jesus was something of a judge of humanity. Simply being in His presence caused people to know, “I’m not like Him.” They came in multitudes just to hear Him teach. They asked Him for miracles, knowing and believing that He could give them their requests if He so chose. This was not just another Rabbi. He was different from all the other pseudo-messiahs that had appeared down through the ages.

The Father gave the power of judgment to the Son so that people would honor The Son as they did the Father. To fail to honor the Son is to fail to honor the Father Who sent Him.

I’ve been thinking about that verse this week in relation to my pastor’s sermon on taking God’s Name in vain. We have made the mention of Jesus Christ a politically incorrect behavior. We use His Name (I’m speaking of American culture in general here; not all of us are guilty!) in jokes, we use it with utter disregard that when we disdain the Name of Jesus, we are disdaining God Himself. To disrespect the Name of Jesus is to disrespect God.

We really need to get our thinking straight, get our hearts straight, and never, as self-proclaimed Christians, use the Name of Jesus in a dishonorable way.

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