What Jesus Did! 'Honor the Son!' — John 5:22-23

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Also, the Father judges no one. But the Father has given the Son power to do all the judging. God did this so that all people will respect the Son the same as they respect the Father. If a person does not respect the Son, then that person does not respect the Father. The Father is the One who sent the Son."
— John 5:22-23
Illustration of John 5:22-23 — "Also, the Father judges no one."

Key Thought

"Give honor to whom honor is due!" I can't think of anyone more worthy of honor than the Son of God. He left the glory of heaven and became human. He lived among ordinary people and was killed by common hands and thereby became a sacrifice for human sins. He was raised from the dead as God's powerful Son and has now ascended to God's right hand in glory. He will return in the clouds with unlimited and unveiled glory for every eye to behold. He will take all those who have loved him and lived for him home to glory. How can we not honor him and the Father who sent him? How can we not long for his coming in glory? All praise to Christ the Lord, our King, Savior, Brother, and Friend.

Today's Prayer

Bless me this day, dear LORD, and each day that follows so that my life brings honor to Jesus. Christ Jesus, please receive my praise as a gift of my love. You are worthy of my praise because of your sacrifice and salvation. I praise you and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus was doing these things (healing) on the Sabbath day. So the Jews began to do bad things to Jesus. But Jesus said to the Jews, "My Father never stops working. And so I work too." This made these Jews try harder to kill him. {The Jews said}, "First this man (Jesus) was breaking the law about the Sabbath day. Then he said that God is his Father! He is making himself equal with God!" But Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth. The Son can do nothing alone. The Son does only what he sees his Father doing. The Son does the same things that the Father does. The Father loves the Son, and the Father shows the Son all the things he does. {This man was healed.} But the Father will show the Son greater things than this to do. Then you will all be amazed. The Father raises dead people and gives them life. In the same way, the Son gives life to the people he wants to. Also, the Father judges no one. But the Father has given the Son power to do all the judging. God did this so that all people will respect the Son the same as they respect the Father. If a person does not respect the Son, then that person does not respect the Father. The Father is the One who sent the Son. "I tell you the truth. If a person hears what I say and believes in the One (God) who sent me, that person has life forever. That person will not be judged guilty. He has already left death and has entered into life. I tell you the truth. An {important} time is coming. That time is already here. People that are dead {in sin} will hear the voice of the Son of God. And the people that {accept the things they} hear {from the Son} will have life {forever}. Life comes from the Father (God) himself. So the Father has also allowed the Son (Jesus) to give life. And the Father has given the Son the power to judge all people. Why? Because that Son is the Son of Man. Don't be surprised at this. A time is coming when all people that are dead and in their graves will hear his voice. Then they will come out of their graves.The people that did good in this life will rise and have life forever. But the people that did evil will rise to be judged guilty. "I can do nothing alone. I judge only the way I am told. So my judgment is right. Why? Because I don't try to please myself. But I want to please the One (God) who sent me.

John 5:16-30

Related Scripture Readings

In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. Christ himself was like God in everything. Christ was equal with God. But Christ did not think that being equal with God was something that he must keep. He gave up his place with God and agreed to be like a servant. He was born to be a man and became like a servant. And when he was living as a man, he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God. He obeyed even when that caused him to die. And he died on a cross. Christ obeyed God, so God raised Christ to the most important place. God made the name of Christ greater than every other name. God did this because he wants every person to bow for the name of Jesus. Every person in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth will bow. Every person will confess (say), "Jesus Christ is Lord (Master)." When they say this, it will bring glory to God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

Sing a new song about the new things that the Lord has done! Let the whole world sing to the Lord. Sing to the Lord! Bless his name! Tell the good news! Tell about him saving us every day! Tell people that God is truly wonderful. Tell people everywhere about the amazing things God does. The Lord is great and worthy of praise. He is more awesome than any of the "gods." All of the "gods" in other nations are only statues. But the Lord made the heavens. There is a beautiful glory shining in front of him. There is strength and beauty in God's holy temple. Families and nations, sing songs of praise and glory to the Lord. Praise the Lord's name. Get your offerings, and go to the temple. Worship the Lord in his beautiful temple. Worship the Lord, every person on earth. Announce to the nations that the Lord is King! So the world will not be destroyed. The Lord will rule the people fairly. Be happy, heavens! Rejoice, earth! Sea and everything in it, shout with joy! Fields and everything growing on them, be happy! Trees in the forest, sing and be happy! Be happy because the Lord is coming. The Lord is coming to rule the world. He will rule the world with justice and fairness.

Psalm 96:1-13

The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace (kindness) and truth.

John 1:14

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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