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Purpose of the Gospel of John
John is writing a church that is starting to not believe
The Holiday Season is here & some may wonder is this real?
What is all this to do about Jesus
Today’s Text
John 5:1-17
Let’s take a look at our text, part of this is going to be review from that last time we were here in October.
Quick Observations
The Feast
Feast of the Jews
This was a pilgrimage feast, where the Jews were forced by the Law and Tradition to travel to Jerusalem
Possibly Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) celebrating Spring grain
Possibly Feast of Tabernacles (Autumn) celebrating the harvest
Only time this place is mentioned
means “House of Compassion” or “House of Mercy”
Missing Text
(John 5:3b-4) [waiting for the moving of the waters;
(John 5:3b-4) [waiting for the moving of the waters;
4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]
New American Standard Bible: 1995 update.
La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
The earliest manuscripts omit these words which appear to be a late insertion to explain why the pool water was “stirred” (v. 7).
People believed that an angel came and stirred it.
According to local tradition, the first one in the water would be healed.
But the Bible nowhere teaches this kind of superstition, a situation which would be a most cruel contest for many ill people.
No extant Greek manuscript before a.d.
400 contains these words.
Blum, E. A. (1985).
In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.),
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol.
2, p. 289).
Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Seems that this may be a picture of Spiritual situation of Israel at the time Jesus.
The nation was in spiritual decline, waiting for a savior.
When He shows up, He isn't recognized & has to ask, do they really want healing.
I think there is further evidence because of the scene that follows.
John is good at painting using situations to teach spiritual truths
Samaritan Woman just needs to tell her story
Nicodemus to expand the vision of Israel/Church
Cleansing of the temple showing that Jesus removed all of the obstacles for us to get to God
Jesus Engages
John 5:
The Scene
The man went to where he heard there was healing
There is no statement of how long he had been there
No recognition of who approached him
There are correlations to Life Challenge here
Place of Healing & You can sit
The Rhetorical Question
Do You want to be healed?
Do you want to be normal?
The question was sort of rhetorical: Do you want to get well?
The Response
Yes, I am here
Yes, but, I have no one to help me
- Yes, but, I have no one to help me
Yes, I am here, but there is nothing else I can do or am willing to do
Feeling of attack
- Yes, I am here, but there is nothing else I can do or am willing to do
The Command
Get Up (Action)
Take Up Your Bed (Singular Action)
Walk (Continual Action)
Act, Get Rid of what keeps you active, Stay Active
The Outrage
Now that day was the Sabbath.
10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’
” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.
14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well!
Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.
16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.
17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
The Sabbath
The Critics
People had just traveled to honor God through a feast
This was the time for the Leaders of the Religious Sects to Shine
Healing on the Sabbath would’ve stolen their thunder
Notice that the leaders initially attacked the man that had been healed (V.
Then there was confusion from the man
God wants us to be whole
God wants us to praise Him
God wants to get the glory
God wants us to represent Him well
God does not want us to sin to help others (stealing when hungry) (Pastor Nate illustration)
Once you have been saved, don’t go back (path next to cliff face)
Confession & Contempt
The man who was healed confessed Christ to the leaders
The Leaders in turn wanted to kill Jesus because of the Law
Jesus Response
16 For this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
17 But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.”
17  But Jesus defended himself.
“My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath.
So am I.”
Jesus acted like the Father, because He spent time with the Father.
The Father has compassion, the Son has compassion
The Father desires us to be whole, the Son makes it happen
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