What Does John 5:21 Mean?

“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. John 5:21(NASB)

John 5:21

Verse Thoughts
God will not share His glory with another and yet Christ demonstrated His deity when He healed the paralytic man on a Sabbath Day. No one but God can give life and health and the Jewish leaders knew about Christ’s Messianic claims, but could not bring themselves to see the truth. They knew Jesus came from God, but were so bound up with legalism and religiosity that their eyes were blinded to the truth that Jesus was God incarnate.

“Now that you are well,” Christ warned the man, “do not sin anymore, in case something worse happens to you.” In this case it was his sin that had caused this man’s paralysis, and Jesus connected sin to his sickness. Christ’s Sabbath-day healing was linked to his sins being forgiven, which caused the religious leaders to become angry and fearful. Although Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath, He was criticised and persecuted for breaking the Jewish Sabbath. It should be noted that the Jewish Sabbath had been changed and corrupted, over time, and had NO resemblance to the same command given to Moses.


Bible References

21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.

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