Love Lesson
Love Lesson 14: by turtle

John 5:16-47 KJV
16  And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.
17  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
18  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal
with God.
19  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.
20  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.
21  For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
22  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
23  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.
24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but
is passed from death unto life.
25  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26  For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
30  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent
31  If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32  There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
33  Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
34  But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
35  He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
36  But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the
Father hath sent me.
37  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
38  And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
39  Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
40  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
41  I receive not honour from men.
42  But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
43  I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
44  How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
45  Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
46  For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
47  But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

I have heard the words, “you are after all you father’s daughter>”. comparing me to my father and my attitude or actions. Even though children will try not to
follow in their parents foot steps often times actions and attitudes will come out without realizing it. The Jewish people claimed to be children of God and their
actions did not always speak of whose children they were. Christ in this passage quickly points out the hypocrisy to the crowd when they are mad because he
healed a man that was crippled. Then they get even madder when He claims that God is His Father.  Christ goes on to explain He is of God because of His
actions and deeds. He goes about trying to help people while those in the crowd were not willing to do a thing. He even went as far as explaining that they say
the believe Moses yet they did not obey the commands Moses gave. What Christ is talking about is love. The demonstrating love to one another through
helping and caring for one another.  

If we say we are followers of God then we will be like Him in our compassion and our actions for people. We need to become more like Jesus. If we are true
followers we will show this.

Christ also goes and explains who He is. That He is sent from God and is also God. He explains He has the life in Him as also the Father has. This is a good
passage to examine how Christ and the Father are one yet also each a first and second person of the trinity.  When we grasp that God told of Christ coming
even long before Moses and all through out prophetic history we can no longer deny who Jesus is. John also testified who Christ was but many did not
believe Him.

Christ actions and deeds spoke of who he was. Only thing is people rejected his testimony as well as the prophets.  Christ is the truth and the life. If we lack
belief then we have lost everything. For Christ is from God and is God. He being one with the Father of all things. What do our actions speak that we are
followers of God or followers of evil? Do we do God’s will in our daily lives or our own? Christ did His Father’s will. He had permission to do the things He
did because of His Father. He did not act as a free agent but in the will of God the Father.

Christ makes it clear to those around that they reject Him though He has demonstrated love. He even goes on to warn them because of this rejection they
would accept someone else that did not claim to be from God. That would come in his own name. We see people falling away today following people that
come in their own name. Clearly the anti Christ.

Christ explained that God sent him to do His will. To show people who He is. He had the same authority as God the Father to judge and to save. We have a
choice whether to believe who Christ says he is and who the prophets say He is or to deny him.