The God-man or a Madman?

You can't be neutral when it comes to Jesus. He doesn't give you that luxury. If you really listen to what he says, you either need to believe that he is the Preeminent Son of God and worship him, or you need to get as far away from him as you can. He demands a hot or cold response and spews anything lukewarm (Revelation 3:15–16).

The Shocking Claims of Jesus

In John chapter 5, Jesus throws down the gauntlet. First, he healed a man who had been disabled for 38 years. On the Sabbath (verse 9). On purpose. Then when the Jewish leaders objected, Jesus didn’t even attempt to correct their faulty interpretation of Sabbath work, as he did at other times (see Luke 14:1–6). Instead, he responded with this provocative statement: "My Father is working until now, and I am working."

This would have drawn audible gasps. And the leaders correctly understood Jesus's point: he really was "making himself equal with God" (verse 18). This declaration, on top of the Sabbath healing, fueled the execution talk among the leaders.

Now, that isn't the most shocking part of the chapter. After all, the Law of Moses did make both Sabbath breaking (Exodus 35:2) and blasphemy (Leviticus 24:16) capital crimes. So any Jew who took God’s word seriously had to ponder the death penalty when evaluating Jesus's claims.

[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]