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Know God in a Year #59 Taking Control

Jesus, brought before the Sanhedrin for healing the cripple, begins by saying, “Sabbath healing is consistent with God who maintains the universe–even on Sabbath. And I work with Him.”

The priests are shocked, “He claims equality with God! This is blasphemy!”

They get it. He is not claiming to be God’s son as they do. He is claiming to be One with God in will and in nature.

Jesus refuses their charges telling them he doesn’t make his own plans, but depends on his Father to show him his work day by day.  He teaches dependence on God–that we may have it, too, and see ourselves as always under His care. As long as we give ourselves to God, He will guide us.

He tells them his authority is doing the work he came into the world to do–the very thing he’s arraigned for–adding, “God has committed all judgment to the Son, and those who believe in him don’t come into judgment.” (v. 24) God’s Spirit inside is resurrection power working in you now!* He even tells them he will raise the dead!

He charges them with unbelief, “Moses will accuse you…for Moses wrote about me, but if you don’t believe Moses, how will you recognize me?”

They are incensed! They know Moses words! But Jesus’ authority is unquestionable… and they are spellbound and speechless.

However, they recover and send warnings of him, the imposter Messiah, throughout the country.

He has violated their traditions, and they will not be taught. As they close their hearts to God, Satan takes control of them.

John 5:17-47  *Ephesians 1:19, 3:20

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