“So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to kill Him. For He not only broke the sabbath, He called God His Father, thereby making Himself equal with God.”
Was Jesus just a good teacher? Was He just someone who went around healing people? Or was He who He said He was? World renowned author and writer of the Narnia series, C.S Lewis, gave his views on this subject in his book Mere Christianity. He said the following,
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [that is, Christ]: ‘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 was merely a man and 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…. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”1
Jesus never intended to just be a good teacher. Of course He was a good teacher and His words continue to bring life to us. But He was so much more than that. He Himself claimed to be God’s Son (as we read in today’s passage), making Himself equal with God. It was these claims that cost Jesus His earthly life. We as readers of these facts must decide if, as C.S Lewis said, Jesus was a raving lunatic, a complete an utter liar, or if He was and is indeed Lord and God!! There is no middle ground to think Jesus was just a nice Man. The choice is yours to make, a choice we must make.
And Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”But the Pharisees were angered because, “He called God His Father, thereby making Himself equal with God.”