Jesus got Himself in trouble with the religious crowd because He healed a paralyzed man on the Sabbath. Actually, it says in John’s gospel that they sought (looked for an opportunity) to kill Jesus.

In their minds, Jesus had broken the law concerning the Sabbath. He knew their blindness, stubbornness, and hardness of heart so He said to them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working!” Here’s what it says next, “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.” You mean, by calling God His Father Jesus was claiming equality with God? I guess in Jewish culture, society and teaching that is what the claim was interpreted as. For example, my dad is a carpenter, I’m a carpenter and so we are equal. I can see that working on the natural level, but to claim equality with God, well that’s a whole bigger question. First, Jesus called God His Father. That’s quite a claim in and of itself. Second, He said they did the same works.

Let’s see … He heals people, walks on water, feeds 5000 men with only a few loaves and a couple of fish, raises dead people to life again and changes water into wine. Those works appear to be the kind God would do, so maybe Jesus’ claim is correct.

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