10 July 2014

John 5:19-29

“The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished.” (v. 20)


Although Grenada is an English-speaking country, sometimes language can be the biggest barrier. The different speeds, rhythms, words and pronunciations can make understanding difficult both for me and also for those with whom I am trying to speak, especially when working with children. Sometimes words can just get in the way.

Today's passage gives some detail to the statement that Jesus makes in John 5:17. It is an attempt to explain the nature of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son. The explanation is dense and complex, revealing the impossible task of trying to explain the mystery of God in human terms. Words seem to get in the way. Sometimes we must remind ourselves that there is a mysterious nature to our faith, and we need to hold that along with our rational scriptural study. We learn from the passage that Jesus is in a loving relationship with the Father. Jesus is shown everything that the Father is doing, closer even than one who is in the inner sanctum of a government, and is obedient to the Father's will and sending. We also learn that the Son has been given authority from the Father, over judgement and power to raise from the dead. Whoever honours the one who is sent, honours the sender, because there is this almost indivisible relationship between them.

To Ponder

  • Do you honour those who are 'sent' by God, and those who have given up certain things to serve?
  • How do you respond to the idea of Jesus as judge, sorting good from evil?
  • In what way does a mysterious nature to God impact upon your faith?

Bible notes author

Dr Andy Dye

Andy Dye is a mission partner for the Methodist Church in Britain serving with the Methodist Church in Grenada, South Caribbean. He has a background in science, science teaching and mission work.