After Jesus healed the paralytic the Jews started to persecute Him. Their complaint was that Jesus was healing on the Sabbath and that meant he was breaking the law. Jesus responded to this accusation by saying, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” This made them even angrier , because now not only was Jesus breaking their religious law, He had made himself equal with God.
Jesus responds to this anger by telling them that He only does what He sees His Father do. I’m going to unpack this here because a lot is being said in that simple statement. In Jesus’ time a son would follow in the footsteps of his father by becoming an apprentice and eventually taking over the father’s occupation.
Just like Peter, Andrew, John, and James all fished with their fathers. Jesus was a carpenter like Joseph. This was the common thing in that day. So first Jesus states that God is His father and then tells them that He is in the same business as His dad.
Then to make sure that they didn’t misunderstand Him he breaks it down further for them. The father gives life, so will the son. Then to add the topping to the cake, Jesus tells them that the Father has given responsibility to Judge people to Him.
What Jesus is basically saying is that God is now putting Jesus in charge. It’s no longer a system of law that Jews must follow to please God, it will now be that they must give honor to this man standing in front of them telling them that He is the Son of God.
Jesus finishes by telling them that He is the way to eternal life, not only for them but all the dead in their graves will live by His voice. Jesus has just took a bunch of men who were mad at him for working on the Sabbath and given them a whole lot to think about.