Jesus, Equal to God
“But He answered them, ‘My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.’ For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.” John 5:17-18
In this lesson, learn about Jesus, Equal to God:
- The Healing at Bethesda. When the Pharisees accuse Jesus of healing on the Sabbath, Jesus makes a radical claim. Yes, I did work on the Sabbath, just like my Father. He doesn’t refrain from showing mercy and grace on the Sabbath and neither do I.
- Equality with God. Jesus’ claims were startling! God as “Father” was a radical idea, and even more that He would humbly dwell with them as a Man. Was this blasphemy or could He be the Promised One?
- The Four Witnesses. The four character witnesses emerge: His forerunner John, His miraculous works, His glorious Father, and the trustworthiness of Scripture.
- Sabbath Questions. In their eagerness to condemn, the Pharisees neglected what the Lord most desires: compassion. The One who is greater than the Law they are trying to protect, and the temple where they pretend to worship, was standing right before them.
- Healing on the Sabbath and Choosing the Twelve. In the midst of growing persecution, the Light still shines and continues to grow as ordinary men are called to an extraordinary mission.
- A chronological study through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John on the life of Christ, journeying from His eternal preexistence to His future return.
- A different attribute of Jesus for each lesson – Good Shepherd, Light of the World, King of Kings, Suffering Servant, and more – helps focus each week’s study.
- This 24 week study leads you through in-depth study and daily personal application questions, bringing familiar stories to life and deepening your understanding of Jesus’ life and purpose on earth.
- Free Leader Resources are available to download, including class guides, reviews, and other class materials.
Join teachers Pat Harley, Jennifer McClish, Kellye Rickman, and Fay Runnion as they bring the stories of Jesus Christ to life.
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