The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of August 13-19, 2017, is John 5:19-24. These are Jesus’ own words; denying His detractors and claiming equality with His Father! Oh! What comfort we can take in this passage!
So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn]. The Father dearly loves the Son and discloses to (shows) Him everything that He Himself does. And He will disclose to Him (let Him see) greater things yet than these, so that you may marvel and be full of wonder and astonishment. Just as the Father raises up the dead and gives them life [makes them live on], even so the Son also gives life to whomever He wills and is pleased to give it. Even the Father judges no one, for He has given all judgment (the last judgment and the whole business of judging) entirely into the hands of the Son, so that all men may give honor (reverence, homage) to the Son just as they give honor to the Father. [In fact] whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, Who has sent Him. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life. (John 5:19-24, AMP)
At times, it can almost seem as if Jesus is being vague with His true identity. Here He is not. In this passage He fully admits who He is - the Son of God, equal to His Father! Of course, one must be willing to hear the message to understand it! Finally, Jesus speaks of salvation and how to obtain it. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this week’s verse, let it fill you with warmth and joy! What does this passage mean to you? How does it affect you?