Jesus on Trial — John 5:17-18

This week we’re looking at Jesus on trial in John chapter 5 (see yesterday’s post for the background). At the start of the chapter, we had the statement of facts: Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath, and told him to pick up his mat and carry it – both of which are prohibited by law. This comes to the attention of the Jewish leaders, who then bring this accusation against him.

The accusation

The trouble is, Jesus doesn’t exactly defend himself the way you might expect. His response? (Or his apologia as it is described in v17, which was a technical term for a courtroom-style defence speech.)

5:17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”

Not exactly the words of someone trying to avoid trouble. Let me explain why.

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