John 5:18 (ESV)
Jesus Is Equal with God
This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
Hooray! A short
reading! This is like having the day off! Jesus had just healed an invalid on the Sabbath and the Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus. Verse 18 makes the point that they wanted to kill Jesus, not only because of the Sabbath, but that he made himself
equal with God. If you have faith in Jesus... you know he is equal to God, because he is God. Without faith, you don’t believe that Jesus is God... so he is a man who makes an erroneous claim. Well... which one is it? We know
the rest of the story... that Jesus died and God raised him to life. Jesus is God!
I pray: O Lord, it is easy to see you in your human nature and omit your divine nature. We know that a man
cannot walk on water, heal the blind, deaf, and dumb. You can and did raise the dead. You truly are the Messiah, the Son of God. Amen.