Questions and Observations:
Jesus said he can do nothing on his own. Given the fact that “all things were made through him” (1:3), this is quite the claim. John wants his readers to think about it. So, let’s do that.
5:19 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing.”
- What does Jesus mean by saying, “I can do nothing on my own accord?” Is Jesus so committed to the Father’s will that he can’t do anything but the Father’s work? How would you describe the Son saying, “I can’t do anything?”
- How does he know what the Father is doing? What kind of a role did Scripture have in Jesus discerning the Father’s work?
5:30 – “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgement is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”
- In John 15:5, Jesus teaches, “apart from me, you can do nothing.” Interestingly, even he can’t do anything apart from the Father
- What does this teach us about the nature of the Son’s relationship with the Father?
- “As I hear, I judge.” What does Jesus hear? What is the basis of his judgment?
- Jesus doesn’t seek his own will. What about me? Who’s will am I seeking, really? Who am I ultimately committed to?
“Father, take my will and make it thine. It shall be no longer mine.”
Any other thoughts, comments or questions about John 5? I’d love to hear them!