Week 5 | John 5:17-20 | John Merchant
“My Father is working until now, and I am working.”― John 5:17
“When done in a way that images God and thus cooperates with him, human work in itself is Christian missionary activity”― Darrell Cosden, The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work
Jesus answered them [the Jews], “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
John 5:18 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.
John 5:19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
Here's a sermon from N.T. Wright on How God Became King: Why We've All Misunderstood the Gospels
Is there something from today's readings or teaching where you sensed God speaking to you, or us?
How can your work be undertaken as a continuation of Jesus’ work to bring his kingdom near?
How does understanding what work Jesus did and how he did it shape our practice of work?
A closing prayer:
Into your hands, Lord, we place our whole selves,
trusting that your vision for our lives and the life of the world
is far richer than we could ever ask or imagine.
Renew us daily the choice to love and serve you without reservation. Amen