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Every person who has or will live on this earth will experience resurrection.  I know that we as believers understand the Christian resurrection that God has planned for His people, but you need to understand also that every human being who has ever lived will be raised from the dead and there will be a literal, physical resurrection of the ungodly just as there will be of the godly. There will be a physical resurrection unto judgment or damnation just as there will be a physical resurrection unto life. 

All men who ever live on this earth will be raised from the dead.  When the body goes into the ground, that is not the last appearance of that person in visible form.  Eternity is not just a place for spirits, it is a place for resurrected bodies containing spirits.  The resurrection is the subject of this passage as you could easily see.  And it is in this passage that our Master makes the astounding claim that He is the one who raises the dead and then judges all of them.


17 Jesus responded to them, “My Father is still working, and I am working also.” 18 This is why the Jews began trying all the more to kill him: Not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal to God.

19 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing, and he will show him greater works than these so that you will be amazed. 21 And just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to whom he wants. 22 The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all people may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Christian Standard Bible (CSB) The Christian Standard Bible. John 5:17-23

For Jesus to claim to have power to raise the dead was a blasphemous thing in the eyes of the Jewish leaders. They gave that power to God alone. They said that Jehovah held the three great keys: the key to open the heavens and give rain (Deut. 28:12); the key to open the womb and give conception (Gen. 30:22); and the key to open the grave and raise the dead (Ezek. 37:13). As far as the timeline of Gospel records are concerned, Jesus had not yet raised anyone from the dead yet; so to make this claim was to invite even more opposition.

What Jesus said certainly can mean much more than the physical raising of people from the dead, for certainly Jesus was referring to His gift of spiritual life to the spiritually dead.

Jesus claimed to be equal with the Father in His works. He also claimed to be equal with the Father in executing judgment. To the orthodox Jew, Jehovah God was “the Judge of all the earth”. No one dared to apply that august title to himself. But Jesus did! By claiming to be the Judge, He claimed to be God.

“Because He [God] hath appointed a day in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained” (Acts 17:31).

Our Master Jesus claimed equality in another area, namely, equal honor with the Father. The fact that He is the appointed Judge should cause men to honor Him. What a tremendous claim: if you do not honor the Son, you are not honoring the Father! The “religious” people who say that they worship God, but who deny the deity of the Messiah, have neither the Father nor the Son!

Apart from Jesus, we cannot know the Father, worship the Father, or serve the Father.