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'So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him. Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working." For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.' John 5:16-18 NIV

It strikes me (again) how radical Jesus appeared to the religious authorities of his time. In John's account we've already had the clearing of the merchants from the temple courtyard.

Do our religious authorities reflect a distorted image of the Kingdom of God? How radical should we be in following Jesus? My wife says I am too radical. Is that possible?

I guess the clue is in the following paragraph of John:

"I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does." John 5 19:20 NIV

Hearing God - seeing and knowing what the Father is doing and joining in doing it with Him according to His purpose.

And if that is radical, so be it.

Hannah's faith blows me away. To be able to hand over her dream child for someone else to raise and only see Samuel once a year--that is faith in action. She realizes that he doesn't "belong" to her anyway. In fact none of our children belong to us--they all belong to God. We are only their caretakers.

I think we had some serious
discussion over this last time: Christ showing his compassion and love for the man that was unable to walk, healing him on the day of the Sabbath to the great consternation of the Jews. Christ has shown us that love and compassion is beyond the law. Indeed, LOVE IS THE LAW!!!

1 Samuel 1:1-2:21

Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife saying, "May the LORD raise up for you descendants from this woman to replace the one that she dedicated to the LORD." Then they would go to their home. So the LORD graciously attended to Hannah, and she was able to conceive and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. The boy Samuel grew up at the LORD's sanctuary. (1 Samuel 2:20-21 NET.)


The above passage blows my mind and I recognize that these are the Words of Christ coming to pass before the Words of Christ were spoken to His disciples,

And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name's sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:29 AMP)

Hannah received a five hundred fold return. She gave one son to the Lord, and received three sons and two daughters. Her act of faith, and it was a great act of faith because she had no idea that she would be able to have other children, in bringing her son to the Temple when he was probably three years old, and leaving him there to be raised by a priests, who may have done a inadequate job raising his own, wrought her great blessings. Trusting God is scary and exciting; painful, giving up what our heart desires, and exhilarating as we reap a harvest of unimaginable bounty.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

John 5

I am with the linked commentary under "WORST Case Scenario".

The reason this miracle greater than the last.

Jesus changed illness to health of a long term injury.

Jesus chose and God's grace was magnified by the man had no faith.

It was done before a larger crowd.

[Note: The word for illness of boy in last chapter and invalid in John 5 is the same in Greek. The common thread being helpless, feeble, powerless.]

From the wine stewards, to the boy, to the invalid - all are helpless to change their situation. It is the same for us in spiritual death. We are helpless without the healing power of Christ.

John 5 (Cont)

I get perturbed when non-believers of any ilk say Christ did not say He was God.

I used to say the same thing, but at least I would admit I had never read the Bible.

I can go along with John 1 being Nathaniel declaring Jesus is the Son of God, and John saying it earlier in the chapter. I can understand when Jesus declares himself as the Messiah to the Samaritan women - Messiah was thought by Jews to be the "appointed" man of God who would lead Israel to all the blessings promised by God.

But in verse 17 Jesus says "mou Pater" - My Father. "Pater" is the same word used for Father in the Lord's prayer. It is pretty clear cut that Jesus is deity. In the later verses - Jesus puts himself on equal footing with God.

One thing I have started doing, is not only pointing out the Verses where Jesus proclaims deity, but I tell people to look at how the people at the time reacted to what he said.

vs. 18 is an example of this and is absoluteluy correctly translated.

Does someone today have the insight to deny Christ's deity that the people of 2,000 years ago did not have?

One may choose not to believe Christ's deity, but it is because they do not believe in the text, not because it was never said or implied throughout this Gospel.

Very beautiful the screens. I Love Jesus and all the Holy Bible.
Grace and Peace in Jesus.
Brother Eli

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