John 5, Psalm 5


Is there anything of significance that can come out of Nazareth? If Jesus is to be believed, and of course He is, the One all Jewish scriptures are about comes from this small town (John 5:39). The fact that Jesus of Nazareth can heal the blind is not of great significance when compared with claims of being God's Son, doing the same work as God. What's so special about this, for aren't we all God's children? Jesus' claims, according to John, were received as, and intended to be claims that Jesus is equal to God (John 5:18). In that day, the Father-Son link, especially in terms of vocation, was very intimate. If papa is a carpenter, then so is junior. In the same way, because Jesus is the Son, the very works He was doing in healing the blind and proclaiming the truth about Himself is also the Father's work. Jesus is the Son, but is the Son that is God, doing the work of the Father. Jesus' claims here would be outlandish even for the greatest King Israel had ever known. How much more incredible they sounded from the lips of  an upstart messiah claimant from Nazareth. C.S. Lewis' famous quote is worth considering here: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse.”