Hearing the Word vi

John 5:17-30 (CEV)

17 But Jesus said, “My Father has never stopped working, and that is why I keep on working.” 18 Now the leaders wanted to kill Jesus for two reasons. First, he had broken the law of the Sabbath. But even worse, he had said that God was his Father, which made him equal with God.

The Son’s Authority

19 Jesus told the people:

I tell you for certain that the Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing, and he does exactly what he sees the Father do. 20 The Father loves the Son and has shown him everything he does. The Father will show him even greater things, and you will be amazed. 21 Just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants to.

22 The Father doesn’t judge anyone, but he has made his Son the judge of everyone. 23 The Father wants all people to honor the Son as much as they honor him. When anyone refuses to honor the Son, that is the same as refusing to honor the Father who sent him. 24 I tell you for certain that everyone who hears my message and has faith in the one who sent me has eternal life and will never be condemned. They have already gone from death to life.

25 I tell you for certain that the time will come, and it is already here, when all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen to it will live! 26 The Father has the power to give life, and he has given that same power to the Son. 27 And he has given his Son the right to judge everyone, because he is the Son of Man.

28 Don’t be surprised! The time will come when all of the dead will hear the voice of the Son of Man, 29 and they will come out of their graves. Everyone who has done good things will rise to life, but everyone who has done evil things will rise and be condemned.

30 I cannot do anything on my own. The Father sent me, and he is the one who told me how to judge. I judge with fairness, because I obey him, and I don’t just try to please myself.

And Jesus said,
‘My Father’,
his parent,
the one who gave him birth.

He meant God,
that is the one
he called dad;
the one
who had always been working
in the world,
the one who still is.

Children learn so much
from their parents,
how to live,
how to love,
how to be,
how to do;
they watch,
they absorb
and they emulate.

Jesus has seen
what God has done,
he lives the same way
– God’s way,
truly ‘His father’s son’.
He doesn’t live
by his own whims,
or by his own strength,
but by his Father’s,
pulsing through him.

He wants us to discover
God’s ways,
by watching him,
seeing what he does,
and following suit.

Lord,
help me to look at you,
to watch carefully,
to hear your word,
to learn how to live,
how to love,
how to be
and how to do
from you.

You are my role model,
may my life
reflect that.

Jesus Be The Centre of My Life

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