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The work of the Son

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John 5:17-30psalm

Jesus answered the Jews: “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the sabbath but He also called God His own father, making Himself equal to God.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, a Son cannot do anything on His own, but only what He sees His father doing; for what He does, His Son will do also. For the Father loves His Son and shows Him everything that He Himself does, and He will show Him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever He wishes. Nor does the Father judge anyone, but He has given all judgment to His Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes in the One who sent Me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, so also he gave to His Son the possession of life in Himself. And he gave Him power to exercise judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.

“I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do Not seek My own will but the will of the One who sent Me.”

Reflection

For what he [the Father] does, his son [Jesus] will do also. The Gospel explains the relationship between the heavenly Father and Jesus: They do things together in perfect harmony. Jesus, the Son, does “only what He sees His father doing” (v 19). He does not seek to do His own will but the will of the Father who sent Him. Jesus is the divine Word (cf Jn 1:1) who reveals the Father to us (cf Jn 1:18).

Obedience, doing God’s will, is not subservience or subordination but a perfect expression of love. Because of Jesus’ perfect obedience, “God greatly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).

Source: “365 Days with the Lord 2017,” ST. PAULS Philippines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

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