Jesus on Trial

Jesus on Trial

John 5:31-47


Call to Worship Psalm 95:1-7a (ESV – Adapted)

             Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
                                let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
              Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
                                let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
              For the LORD is a great God,
                                and a great King above all gods.
              In his hand are the depths of the earth;
                                the heights of the mountains are his also.
              The sea is his, for he made it,
                                and his hands formed the dry land.

             Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
                                let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
              For he is our God,
                                and we are the people of his pasture,
                                and the sheep of his hand
Today …  hear his voice.

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1:1-4 (ESV)

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

John 5 Outline
  • 1-15: The Healing
  • 16: The Trial Begins
    And this was why the Jews were persecuting [prosecuting] Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.
  • 17: Jesus’ Initial Defense
    But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
  • 18: Religious Authorities’ Charge: Blasphemy
    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.
  • 19-30: Jesus’ Opening Statement
Scripture Text: John 5:31-47 (ESV)

A. The Defense: The Four Witnesses (31-40)
31 If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true.32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.

B. The Prosecution: The Reasons for Rejection (41-47)
41 I do not receive glory from people. 42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

Reflection: How do you respond?
  1. Like the Religious Authorities?
  2. Like the lame man?
  3. In trust?
Songs

Praise To The Lord The Almighty (J. Neander, C. Winkworth)
O Praise The Name (Anástasis)(B. Hastings, D. Ussher, M. Sampson)
God And God Alone (C. Tomlin, J. Ingram, J. Myrin)
Jesus (C. Tomlin)
Restless (A. Assad, M. Maher)
I Surrender All (J. Lavik, T. Guerrero)