John 5:37-38- And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. NKJV
I’ve never spent any time in the past looking at the witnesses that Jesus states bear testimony to His Sonship, so I am enjoying this study. Today, I want to look at the witness of God Himself, to the truth that Jesus is His Son!
Most fathers are delighted to have children. I recall my husband being attentive and excited throughout all of my pregnancies and at the birth of each of our daughters. When they were babies, he would love to come in from work, pick them up, and stare at them. As they got older, he enjoyed spending time with them. And now that they are adults, he relishes sharing their pictures and accomplishments with others. He’s a proud daddy.
Well, no one can outdo the joy that God displayed on the day of His Son’s birth into the earth:
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”Luke 2:9-12 NKJV
As believers, we understand that
God sent an angel to announce the birth of His Son. He and the angelic host was so excited that Luke wrote:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men!”Luke 2:13-14 NKJV
Now that’s a happy Father! When children are baptized, you can always tell the parents because they are running to the front, taking pictures, and often shedding tears. On the day of Jesus’ baptism, God spoke from heaven:
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”Matthew 3:17 NKJV
How about that! God was so excited that Jesus fulfilled the plan according to the plan that He spoke audibly from heaven. Before Jesus is recorded as doing anything significant, God announced that He was His beloved Son and that He was well pleased with Him. That should be an eye-opener for us that God isn’t well pleased with us based on our performance.
At the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, Peter thought it would be a great idea to make three tabernacles: one for Moses, one for Jesus, and one for Elijah.
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid.Matthew 17:5-6 NKJV
There would be no building of three tabernacles! No one would share His Son’s glory! Not only that, the Law was not to be their measuring rod for having a right relationship with God. Only the words of His beloved Son, Jesus! Hear Him, the Father decreed!
And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.John 5:37-38 NKJV
Jesus made a note of the witness of the Father. Because everything that Jesus did, He did to honor the Father. He was as pleased to be the Son of God as God was to have Him as a Son. And God’s witness is true!
I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.”John 8:18 NKJV
Jesus reiterates later, in this verse, that the Father who sent Him bears witness to Him being the Son of God. Jesus is the Son of God! There is irrefutable proof of John’s witness, His works, and the Father’s witness laid out for us in the Word. I know that I’m preaching to the choir, and you already believe this is true, but if you ever need to walk someone through how we have come to understand this truth, I hope these blogs will be an aid in you doing so. Wonderful Jesus!