In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants.

This gives us insight into what Jesus is saying.  The essence of who God is, is seen in the behavior of Jesus. What’s God like? Look at Jesus. In fact, Jesus claims God is showing him everything. And notice this is Jesus as a human being. His followers can see what he is doing. Jesus is saying there are things he will be able to do on his father’s behalf, like raising people from the dead!   

Jesus already has given us a hint of this earlier from John 2.

All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.

Jesus is connecting God giving new life, to his own work of following God and he, Jesus, giving new life.


If God comes to us as Jesus, why would we not want to learn everything possible from him?  What can you do this week to learn more?

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