How should Jesus’ words in this passage affect the way you speak with people about God, matters of faith, and Jesus, in particular, as you share the gospel?

Daily Study from Lifeway’s “The Gospel Project”

Read John 5:16-23

16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 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. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

“What do you do with Jesus?” It is easy in the world today, maybe even expected to a degree, to believe in God, or a god. Some people are atheists, but most people hold some form of religious belief structure in which God or a higher power figures prominently. So, when talking to most people about matters of faith, most will probably say they believe in God and that things are good between them.

But what if you asked these same people, “What do you do with Jesus?” You may get any of the following responses: “He was a great man”; “He was a good teacher”; “He was a martyr for His message of love and grace”; “He was a crazy man”; “He was the figment of some people’s imagination”; “He is the Son of God, the Savior of the world.” According to Jesus Himself, what you do with Jesus is what you do with God. In other words, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through faith in Jesus (John 14:6).

How should Jesus’ words in this passage affect the way you speak with people about God, matters of faith, and Jesus, in particular, as you share the gospel?

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