GOSPEL LIVING

Tuesday March 13,2018

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Isaiah 49:8-15   Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18   John 5:17-30

17 But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working still, and I am working." 18 This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. 25 "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself, 27 and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. 30 "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
Meditation: This Gospel passage is the continuation of yesterday’s. The man lay helpless for thirty eight years attracted no attention. Now the authorities are concerned and rebuked him for breaking the Sabbath by carrying his sleeping mat. As previously the man throws the blame on his unknown healer. Once Jesus identified himself to paralytic he reports it to the Jewish authorities and they shift the attention upon Jesus.
Jesus grounds his defense on God’s action. God’s ceaseless work is to give and sustain life. As God’s son, Jesus cannot do otherwise. The Jews believed that though God rested on Sabbath, God never rested from giving life to creation since creation would have ceased to exist had God done so. As God’s son Jesus is apprenticed to his father and does exactly what his father doing. The duty of kindness and of helpfulness is a much bigger thing than a meticulous Sabbath observance. He then goes on saying about the love and union he has with his father who sent him. He says and does only what he has heard his father saying and doing. His entire aim is to please his father. Like Jesus we all want to do God’s will. To accomplish the will of God in our lives we need to have the intimacy of Jesus with his father. Moreover we must have the strong conviction of our identity of being Christian. So let us imitate Jesus and have a deep union with him.
Bro. Dynish