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Works of Jesus - The Greater Witness

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | March 27, 2024 | John 5:32-36




“But the witness which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. John 5:36 (NIV)


The Lord Jesus has already shared His own witness about Himself, along with John the Baptist's testimony. However, because He was still surrounded by sceptics who questioned His authority to heal on the Sabbath, Jesus now presents His works as proof that He is the promised Messiah, the Son of God.  In verse 36 we read, “But the witness which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.”  


When we consider Jesus' works, we often think of His miracles as demonstrations of His divine power. However, His "works" encompass more than just miracles. They include His entire purpose for coming to earth—His birth, life, teachings, death, and resurrection. His works are a greater witness than even John's testimony, providing stronger and more decisive evidence of His identity.


Many of Jesus' miracles were acts of compassion and mercy toward the simple and needy. These works reveal the heart of God and His care for His people. The Jews expected a miraculous Messiah who would bring military and political deliverance to Israel. Because Jesus' miracles did not align with their expectations, they failed to recognize the true significance of His works as a testimony to His divine nature. However, everything around Jesus Christ proves that He is the Messiah, the Son of God.



How do Jesus' works impact your understanding of His identity as the Son of God? In what ways do Jesus' works continue to testify to His divine nature in your life? He still works miracles and His works are very evident to those who believe in Him



Dear Lord, we thank you for the works of Jesus that testify to His identity as God. Help us to recognize and respond to these testimonies in our lives. May we be inspired to align our actions with His works and teachings. Strengthen our faith as we seek to follow Him more closely. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen





DAILY word study: GREATER The word "greater" in the context of John 5:36 is translated from the Greek word "μείζων" (meizōn), which denotes something or someone superior in rank, authority, or significance.

Jesus acknowledges John the Baptist as a witness to the truth, describing him as a lamp that burned and gave light (John 5:35). However, in v36, He implies that while John's testimony was significant, His own testimony and authority surpass that of John.


In what ways do you recognize the superiority of Jesus' testimony and authority in your life compared to other sources of guidance or influence?

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