John 5:21–23 (MEV): For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all men should honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Everything the Father has is given to Jesus; just as we see here, Jesus even has the power to raise the dead. More importantly, Jesus has the power to give life!
Maybe you’ve never thought that through. Yet right here… Jesus is making a bold statement. Wait, you’ve never really thought that Jesus is God?
That first statement is an attestation to that simple fact.
The Son Gives Life to Whom He Will
Genesis 2:7 (MEV): Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.
I get it. The Father has to draw. The Father has to grant life. That is also given to Jesus.
He gave life to you! How do I know?
You’re breathing and reading this. He breathed the breath of life into you. Furthermore, the Father wants all me to honor the Son. So that they may have access to the Father.
John 3:36 (MEV): He who believes in the Son has eternal life. He who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
That Judgment Thing
God has even given the authority to judge solely to Jesus. He is the One Who chooses. He is the One Who judges.
Yet Jesus would have you honor Him just as any of us would honor God. Remember, He chooses.
All of us have had the wrath of God on us. Some may still be under that encumbrance. Yet we know the Father and the Son don’t want that for you. Don’t believe me. It’s right there…
“that all men should honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. ”
All men is better understood as all humans. He chose to give you life by sending His Son for you to believe and believe in.
The math is simple… Those that want to honor the Father must honor the Son. There is simply no other way.
If you think Jesus was a good man and a great Hebrew, that’s not good enough.
If you think Jesus was a great teacher and an example to follow, that’s not still good enough.
If you think Jesus came to teach us how to love others, that won’t work.
Even if you think Jesus died on a cross thousands of years ago, neither is that good enough.
You must honor Jesus as you honor God. And we do that by first believing He is Who He said He is… God. We can then believe His death was personal… Sufficient for each of us. Proven in that were still breathing.
The Father sent the Son to save the world; thus giving everyone enough time to understand these things. All who inhabit the world ought honor the Son and be given life… Eternal life.