In this gospel the portrait of Jesus claims that he is one with God, the actual revelation of God. In these passages, Jesus shows that like God, Jesus is able to raise those who are spiritually dead to life. He is the word and wisdom of God embodied in a human life. Jesus shows us what it is like to live a life full of God, and filled with spirit. Jesus is not less than God, he is as God is. However, Jesus does not say that God is only known through him.
It was interesting to me to note that Jesus identifies that God does not judge, but Jesus does (22). I am confused – if Jesus does as God does, why this difference? Jesus says it has something to do with “…all honoring the Son, just as they honor the Father.” (23) Jesus also says that God gave him this authority (27), and that he judges to please God (30). Judgement has a very negative connotation for me – and I have always sensed that a loving God is not judgemental – that everything that happens is of and by God to begin with, and is therefore, pure and perfect.