Jesus on Trial — John 5:19-30

This week we’ve been looking at Jesus on trial in John chapter 5. Jesus gets himself into trouble by healing a lame man on the Sabbath, and then telling him to pick up and carry his mat – both of which were prohibited on the day of rest. In his defence, he says this:

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.”

This only served to get him in more hot water, as the Jewish leaders understood this to be blasphemy:

5:18 For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

Without wanting to evoke too many overtones of Batman, how will our hero escape this predicament? Read on.

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