At this time, we invite any children who desire to join my dear wife for a children’s service to follow her where you can hear a wonderful bible lesson and sing some uplifting songs about Jesus.
For those joining us online, you’re listening to the Services of the Broomfield Baptist Church.
This is the Pastor bringing the Sunday Morning message entitled “Help for the Hopeless.”
We invite you to follow along with us in your Bible in the Book of John, chapter 5, and verses 1-9.
What are you like when you get sick?
☐ a whimpering puppy
☐ a roaring lion
☐ a hibernating bear
In an episode of “Little House on the Prairie” Laura had a little friend named Olga.
Olga had a handicap because one of her legs was shorter than the other.
Olga couldn't do what other little kids her age could do.
She couldn't run and play with her friends.
Laura was concerned for her friend and Mr. Ingles knew the situation.
So he went to the home of Olga to talk to her father.
Olga's mother had passed away and the father was a hard and bitter man.
Mr. Ingles wanted permission to work on and build a shoe for Olga's foot that would help her walk without a cane, and run and play like all the rest of the children.
Olga's father would have no part of it and he was very rude to Mr. Ingles.
Olga's father told Mr. Ingles, “God made Olga that way and we have accepted that.”
Mr. Ingles said to Olga's father, “We have a saying around here, “The good Lord helps those who help themselves!”
That sounds real nice and wise, but that is not the facts.
• → We learn that God helps those who cannot help themselves.
God helps us physically, financially, and most importantly He helps us spiritually.
We cannot help ourselves without the grace of God.
God helps those who cannot help themselves.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit...”
We need to change the way we think about certain things and just humble ourselves and admit our great need.
In this passage John announced the sickness of the man and the Source of the miracle.
Hope is always near when Jesus is here.
I want to challenge people to trust the Lord Jesus and His power to renew their hope and faith in Him.
Has your circumstances got the best of you?
Is the trial you're facing robbed you of hope?
Do you feel that your situation is hopeless?
This passage reveals some facts about help for the hopeless!
This sign-miracle begins a series on Jesus as God’s envoy and source of life in the midst of rejection and opposition.
In the next few chapters we will see a series of christological affirmations presenting Jesus as Bread of Life (ch.
6), Giver of the Spirit (ch.
7), Light of the World (ch.
8), Giver of Sight (ch.
9), the Gate (ch.
10), and the Good Shepherd (ch.
10), several of them presented as “I am” sayings.
A Word of Hope (Jn.
A. The Health He had Lost (Jn.
“a long time...impotent”
“Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:13, KJV 1900)
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
(Hebrews 4:15, KJV 1900)
Saviour’s—“Come unto me.”
Teacher’s—“Learn of me.”
Bridegroom’s—“Open to me.” Songs of Sol.
Friend’s—“I will sup with him.”
Physician’s—“Wilt thou be made whole?”
B. The Help He Lacked (Jn.
“I have no man...to put me”
“For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; The poor also, and him that hath no helper.”
(Psalm 72:12, KJV 1900)
“I looked on my right hand, and beheld, But there was no man that would know me: Refuge failed me; No man cared for my soul.”
(Psalm 142:4, KJV 1900)
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
(Romans 5:6, KJV 1900)
“Bethesda’s pool has lost its power!
No angel by his glad descent
Dispenses that diviner dower
Which with its healing waters went;
But He, whose word surpassed its wave,
Is still omnipotent to save.”
C. The Hope for which He Longed (Jn.
“another steppeth down before me”
He had lost all hope.
And the Bible speaks of men and women “having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph.
Sin affects the physical, social and the spiritual realms of the human personality.
This man had a diseased body, a defiled soul, and a dead spirit.
In theological terms, we speak of man’s “total depravity”; and by that we mean that sin has invaded the entire being.
It is no wonder, then, that Jesus addressed him with the words, “Wilt thou be made whole?” (5:6).
Jesus said, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick” (Matt.
[Stephen F. Olford, Institutes of Biblical Preaching, Volume Two (Memphis, TN: Olford Ministries International, 1981).]
Walter Wilson, ever on the alert to speak to men about their souls and need of the Saviour, asked an attendant at a service station who had filled his car with gas: ‘How did sin get in Sinclair?’
pointing to the lighted sign atop the gas pump.
‘I do not know, sir, how sin got into Sinclair; but, sir, I have wished many times that I knew how to get sin out of my life!’
It was then that Dr. Wilson had the opportunity to tell the young man of the One who is the sinner’s friend and of whom it is written: ‘And thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins’ (Matt.
1:21)” (Willis Cook, from Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations).