“But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.”
King James Version (KJV)
5:17 My Father worketh until now, and I work - From the creation till now he hath been working without intermission. I do likewise. This is the proposition which is explained #John 5:19 |- 30, confirmed and vindicated in #John 5:31 and following verses|.
Joh 5:17 My Father worketh hitheto, and I work. The answer of Jesus to his accusers goes to the very root of the matter. The basis on which the Sabbath rested was that God had ceased his creative labors on the seventh day. Jesus shows that God's rest was not idleness. The Father had continued his works of love and mercy. He worked in these works right on till Jesus came; "now", says the Son, "I work as my Father works. There is no suspension on the Sabbath of works of benevolence and mercy". The Father's example is the pattern given to direct man.