They wanted to kill Him. He had healed a blind man on the Sabbath and was unrepentant, and so the Jews started to harass Him. He replied that just as “My Father is working until now, I am working.” Now they wanted to kill Him. Not only was He breaking the Sabbath, but He was also making Himself equal with God. Oh, but they hadn’t seen anything yet!
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. 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.”
(John 5:19-20 ESV)
John 5:19-29 is a fascinating and mind-stretching description of the dynamics between the First and Second Persons of the Trinity. Equality in essence, unity in purpose, variety in role. And, though they be one, the Son is under the Father’s authority. That you may marvel.
That you may marvel. That’s the phrase that caught my attention this morning as I hovered over this passage of Scripture. Early in His ministry Jesus has turned water into wine . . . He has cleansed the temple of unscrupulous profiteers . . . He has educated a scholar on what it means to be born again . . . He has had a discussion with an adulteress Samaritan woman on the source of living water and the meaning of worship . . . he has healed an officials son merely by saying, “Go, your son lives” . . . and He has made to walk a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
And greater works than these will He show Him, so that you may marvel.
Greater works like taking men and women who are dead in trespasses and iniquity and making them alive to the things of the kingdom of heaven. Greater works like taking men and women defiled by sin and who have no place in the presence of a holy God, and clothing them in the righteous robes of Another and welcoming them into the holy of holies. Greater works like taking men and women born after the nature of Adam and transforming them, and conforming them, into the very nature of Christ. So that you may marvel.
I’m thinking that some from among this pharisaical group of antagonists did eventually marvel as Jesus continued to reveal Himself as God in flesh. But I also know that many didn’t. How sad that some among the followers of Christ have ceased to marvel. They’ve lost the wonder of their salvation . . . which, when compared to anything else that has, or hasn’t happened, in their lives, is the greatest of all works.
That the Son of Man would lay His life down in my place in order to satisfy the wrath of God which was justly deserved because of my sin. That the One who has made all things would shed His blood that my sins might be atoned for and my soul redeemed from the bondage of sin. That He, who is loved for eternity by the Father, would be forsaken by the Father for three dark hours, that I might one day be received into glory. All, so that I might marvel.
That I might marvel and seek the Kingdom. That I might marvel and follow the King. That I might marvel and worship the Savior.
May I never lose the wonder
O the wonder of Your mercy
May I sing Your hallelujah
Hallelujah, Amen (Mercy by Matt Redman. Check it out by clicking here)