“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1, ESV)
Henry Alford captures the message of Jesus’ words in John 5.12-30 very well: “The discourse is a wonderful setting forth of the Person and Office of the Son of God in His Ministrations as the Word of the Father.” It isn’t just John who says that Jesus was the Word of God. He learned it from Jesus himself, as we clearly see in this passage.
The center point and great aim of the passage is the outlandish statement that Jesus makes in the middle: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24, ESV). Do you get that? It is through hearing Jesus’ words that one can find eternal life! Hearing his word will lead one to believing “him who sent me.” This is one of the more outlandish statements in history…unless it’s the truth.
How does one hear the word of the Father? Not through the Father himself speaking. One hears his words when Jesus speaks! Amazing. [Or to channel my inner The Princess Bride— Inconceivable!].
It is left to you, dear reader [of John 5.19-30] to decide. Can you have eternal life through hearing Jesus’ words?