"My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working." (John 5:17)

The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working."

What does 'His work' mean?

This is Jesus’ response to those who were questioning and criticizing Jesus for working on the Sabbath. Notice here that Jesus is clarifying that he is not God. There are two entities here: There is "My Father", and there is "I" (Jesus).

Jesus is differentiating himself from God by saying that God is always working, and so is he.

Jesus is clarifying not that he is God, but that he has a relationship with God. He is not the Supreme Being. Jesus is God's loving servant, as also illustrated here.

This is illustrated with the word "too." While God is "always at His work", Jesus is also ("too") doing God's Work - indicated by the Greek word κἀγώ (kagō), which means "likewise" or "also" according to the lexicon.

What does Jesus mean by, 'I too am working'?

When a person does someone else's will and works on their behalf, they have become their servant. If they freely do this work out of love, then they are that person's loving servant. This was Jesus' relationship with God.

Furthermore, when a loving servant does the work of their master, there becomes a oneness of purpose between the two. The master's will is non-different from the loving servant's will. This is the oneness (of purpose and will) that Jesus has described elsewhere: Not that God and Jesus are one and the same person.

If Jesus is God, then who is Jesus referring to when he says "My Father"? Is he making up a name and pretending there is another person when really he is the Supreme Being himself? This is a ridiculous supposition.

In reality, those who accept Jesus as the Supreme Being simply do not know the Supreme Being. Sadly they have forgotten God because they don't want to do someone else's will. They want to keep doing their own will and have Jesus' sacrifice prevent them from suffering any consequences.

Sadly, they are missing the one true relationship that Jesus was trying to show us by example and through his teachings: To love and serve our Best Friend and Protector, God. By substituting Jesus for the Supreme Being, we are ignoring the One Person that Jesus dedicated his life to.

By substituting Jesus for the Supreme Being we are also missing the relationship that will completely fulfill us.

What is the point of Jesus' teachings?

Simple observation of the activities of many sectarian institutions that claim to follow Jesus reveals that many have missed the point of Jesus' teachings.

If we are amazed that many priests in the church could possibly be so empty and deranged as to molest young children, we must know that these evils are fruits of a bad tree: That is the tree that has forgotten God.

In their pomp and ceremony regarding Jesus' blood and the focus upon having their sins forgiven, this empty philosophy has missed the very teachings that would have made them whole: A loving service relationship with the Supreme Being, our Best Friend and Protector.

This is called a higher taste. Once a person tastes love for the Supreme Being, they have tasted something that overcomes materialism and self-centeredness. Jesus illustrated this higher taste when he said:
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work." (John 4:34)