John 5:1-15 – Sabbath Healing at the Pool
Sometime later after healing of the royal official’s son, Jesus went to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts. He was probably by Himself since the disciples aren’t mentioned. He went to the pooled called Bethesda. This is where crowds of sick people gathered, because they believed when the pool moved it would heal them. There Jesus saw a man who had been an invalid for 38 years trying to get into the water before the movement stopped. The man was alone and helpless. Jesus had compassion on him and knew he was not only physically sick, but spiritually sick. Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to get well?” – John 5:6. The man answered that he did, but had no one to help him get into the pool. Jesus told the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” – John 5:8 Through faith the man picked up his mat and walked. (John 4:1-9)
What do you need healing from?
What has left you in a sinful state for years?
Jesus didn’t cure any others that day at the pool only the man, because Jesus knew his heart and that he had faith. Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well, because He wanted the man’s attention. He challenged the man to be obedient. He wanted the man to look at Him. This was necessary for his faith to come alive so he could be cured. We need to look at the cross with our hearts and spirits. Jesus healed the man immediately showing that nothing is impossible for God.
Jesus told him to get up, pick up your mat, and to walk. There are times we tend to feel helpless and sorry for ourselves. We need to choose not to be helpless. We need to accept our circumstances. Stop feeling sorry for ourselves. Stop being bitter and rise above our circumstance. He’s not asking us to do this alone. It is impossible without Jesus. “The things impossible with men are possible with God.” – Luke 18:27. We need to walk or move from where we are into a new life. We need to choose a new life to become whole.
It was the Sabbath when Jesus healed the man and people were watching. Jews were not allowed to do any work on the Sabbath. Carrying a mat was considered work. Needless to say the Jewish leaders were not pleased. Jesus had no regard for their man made rules, but always obeyed the Law of God. The leaders questioned the man as to why he was carrying his mat. He answered that a man told him to. He had no idea it was Jesus who healed him. Jesus slipped away into the crowd. (John 5:10-13)
Later Jesus found the man at the temple and told him to stop sinning or something worse would happen to him. The man went and told the Jews that is was Jesus who made him well. (John 5:14-15) He wanted them to know that it was Jesus, the Messiah who performed the miracle. He thought they would be excited that the Messiah had come, but instead the leaders were angry.
Has Jesus made you whole?
How are you telling others?
Do you have the compassion like Jesus to seek out lonely, helpless people and offer His healing?
John 5:16-30 – Jesus is equal with God
Because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted Him for it.
Jesus told them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” – John 5:17 The Jews were extremely angry and tried harder to kill him. (John 5:16-18) Jesus was making Himself equal with God and they didn’t like that at all. Many say that Jesus never claimed to be God, but this is one of the Scriptures that say otherwise. Another Scripture is John 8:24 - “Unless you believe that I AM, you shall die in your sins.”
Jesus said He is working just as the Father is working. God continues to work on Sundays. It still rains on Sunday. Plants and trees still grow on Sunday. He still saves the lost on Sunday. He still performs miracles on Sunday. He doesn’t stop working.
Jesus went on to say that God, the Father shows Him all He does and He will show Him even greater things in the future. “For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all my honor the son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.” – John 5:21-23.
“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” - John 5:24 He goes on to say a time is coming when even the dead will hear His voice and to not be amazed. A time is coming when all in the graves will hear His voice and will come out of their graves. (John 5:24-30)
What do you believe about Jesus?
John 5:31-47 –Testimonies about Jesus
Jesus speaks of His authority because He knew the minds of His audience.
They wanted to know what gives Him the authority to make the claims He was making. After all He was just a man. Who does He think He is making Himself equal with God?
Jesus starts out by saying that God Himself testifies who Jesus is. John the Baptist testified who Jesus is. The work that Jesus is doing is also a testimony. They haven’t heard God’s voice and His Word does not dwell in them. They think all their knowledge will give them eternal life. They study the Scriptures, but refuse to come to Jesus. (John 5:31-40)
Jesus said He didn’t accept the praises of men, but He knew them. They didn’t have the love of God in their hearts. He said He comes in the Father’s name, but they don’t accept Him. He asked them how can you believe if you accept praises of others and make no effort to obtain praise from God. (John 5:41-44)
Jesus said that the accuser before the Father is Moses. He said if they believed Moses they would believe Him, because Moses wrote about Him. Since they don’t believe what Moses wrote, how can they believe what Jesus says. (John 5:45-47)
Jesus reminds them of the different witnesses to Him:
John 5:32, 37 – God Himself
John 5:33 – John the Baptist
John 5:36 – the work of Jesus
John 5:39 – the Scriptures
John 46 – Moses and the Old Testament
Biblical faith in not blind; it is grounded on evidence.
Biblical faith in not blind; it is grounded on evidence.
With all these witnesses, what is your response to Jesus?
Do you know the Scriptures, but simply refuse to come to Him?
Do you refuse to believe, because you just don’t want to make a commitment?
Next week we will study the rest of John 6. Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site. Hope to see you here next time.
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