Daily Bible Study
Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath, the Jews sought to kill him for this, because he had done this on the Sabbath. We pick up Jesus responding in John 5:17,18: "But Jesus answered them, 'My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.' Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God." 'My Father:' Jesus is "the only begotten Son" - that is, the unique Son of God. Here He claims not only a unique relationship with God the Father, but also equality with God in nature. Since God continually does good works without allowing Himself to stop on the Sabbath, the Son does likewise, since He is equal with God. Certainly the Jewish leaders understood the implications of Jesus' claims.