Series: The Gospel According to John
Title: Witnesses to the ministry of Jesus
Text: John 5:30-47
Purpose: By studying these verses we learn: The Father bears witness to Jesus through Jesus’ testimony, John the Baptist, Jesus’ works, and
the Scriptures so that we may come to Jesus for eternal life.
Speaker: Bishop Jake Givan, Jr., D. Min
Date: December 2, 2018
How can you know for sure that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? An old hymn put it, “You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my hear.”
Okay, but that’s pretty subjective. A Buddhist might say that Buddha lives within his heart. How can you verify such a thing? A critic might say that Jesus
is just a legend or myth. Or, maybe the apostles embellished stories about Him so that what we read is far from the actual truth. Perhaps He was just a great
religious teacher who was tragically murdered because of jealous men who felt threatened by Him.
In our text, Jesus continues His defense to the Jews, who were accusing Him of breaking the Sabbath and of making Himself equal with God (5:18). Instead of
backing off and responding with horror to such charges, Jesus sets forth His case in even stronger terms by showing that He is one with the Father in all of
His actions. He asserts (5:22-23) that the Father “has given all judgment to the Son so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father.” He asserts
that He has life in Himself and that in the future He will speak and all who have ever lived will come forth from the tombs for a resurrection either of life or of
judgment (5:26, 28-29). Clearly, Jesus is claiming to be equal with God.
In our text, the Father is the “another” (5:32) who testifies in conjunction with Jesus Himself. Also, the Father used John the Baptist to bear witness to Jesus
(5:33-35). The Father used Jesus’ works (miracles) which He gave Jesus to do to bear witness of Him (5:36). The Father used the Scriptures to bear witness
of Jesus (5:37-47). Since all of these witnesses line up, the case for Jesus is solid: He is the Christ, the Son of God (20:31).
The point of these witnesses to Christ is to testify to who He is so that people (including you!) will be saved. So, the point here is: The Father bears witness
to Jesus through Jesus’ testimony, John the Baptist, Jesus’ works, and the Scriptures so that we may come to Jesus for eternal life.
1. The Father bears witness to Jesus through Jesus’ testimony to Himself (5:30-32).
2. The Father bears witness to Jesus through John the Baptist (5:33-35).
3. The Father bears witness to Jesus through Jesus’ works (5:36).
a. Their number
b. Their greatness
c. Their publicity
d. Their character
e. Their direct appeal to men’s senses
4. The Father bears witness to Jesus through himself (5:37-38)
5. The Father bears witness to Jesus through the Scriptures (5:39-47).
a. Do you use the Bible to impress others rather than to grow in humility and love for God. (5:39-42).
(1) First, are you studying the Scriptures at all?
(2) Second, are you studying the Scriptures to reveal Jesus Christ to your soul?
(3) Third, is your study of the Bible leading you to greater humility or to greater pride?
(4) Fourth, is your study of the Bible causing you to love God more and more?
b. Are you making God to be what you want Him to be rather than submitting to Him as He is (5:43).
c. Are you using religion to try to impress others outwardly rather than seeking to please God on the heart level. (5:44).
d. Are you taking pride in your outward religious performance rather than letting God’s law drive you to Christ. (5:45-47).
6. The reason for the Father’s witness to Jesus is so that we may come to Jesus and have life (5:40).
As tragic as this is, there are still so many that respond the same way to Jesus today. Often those people will even profess to be Christians. They have
created their own system and reject what does not fit it. They have the Bible, and some are even diligent students of it, but they do not heed its message.
Jesus’ claim is to be equal with God the Father because He is God the Son. He backs up that claim with the testimony of four witnesses: John the Baptist,
His works, God the Father and the Scriptures. You can believe the witness and Jesus’ claim and receive eternal life, or you can reject them and continue as
you are under His condemnation. But be careful that any profession of belief that you make in Jesus is real. Do not be like these Jews and so many others
who, at Titus 1:16 states, “They profess to know God, but by [their] deeds they deny [Him], being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good
deed.” How you live your life will demonstrate what you really believe.
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