We have learned how humbly Jesus did whatever He saw the Father doing, and He never did anything that the Father would not do. He always did what the Father wanted, and He never did anything that the Father did not want Him to do. Jesus and His Father worked perfectly together and were perfect in everything they said and did. They are totally unlike us in our relationships!
Because of the relationship between Father and Son, we sometimes think of the Father as greater than the Son. However, by example and by word, Jesus showed that as believers we need to think about doing the will of God first and foremost, just as He did His Father’s will. Jesus also served others. He said He came into the world to serve. In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Furthermore, Jesus said to His followers, in Mark 10:43, 44, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” Jesus modeled servanthood toward us. He washed His disciples’ feet and He served us when He died on the cross for us, but we do not think of ourselves as greater than Jesus. Jesus also told us to go and do as He did and serve others, but we do not do that to make ourselves great—and neither did Jesus.
As the Bible tells us to do, we seek to love and obey God first and foremost and serve others. Because of Jesus’ example in word and deed, we tend to think that the Father is greater than the Son. However, in John 5:23, Jesus said that the Father intended “that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” Therefore, we need to always love, honor, and obey Jesus just as He loved, honored, and obeyed His Father—by doing as Jesus did, we love, honor, and obey God. Just as believers in Jesus pray to the Father, so believers pray to the Son and honor both the Father and the Son. Both hear our prayers, and both are worthy of equal honor.
The scribes and Pharisees knew that Jesus was making himself equal to God by what He said and did, and they wanted to kill Him. Indeed, as we have studied the Gospel of John, we have learned that we need to consider the Father and the Son as worthy of equal honor, love, and obedience, so we want to love, serve, glorify, and worship them.
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