Understanding the Heart of Jesus
Sermon shared by John Raulerson
Summary: The heart of Jesus is revealed through His healing of the man with an infirmity
Audience: General adults
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UNDERSTANDING THE HEART OF JESUS
John 5:1-16 7/27/97a BBC
Jesus Christ desires to be in personal and intimate relationship with each of us. He knows us better than we know ourselves, but do we really know Him? Most relationships are only casual based on surface knowledge. But to really know someone intimately we must know their heart.
1) Jesus Places Himself in the Midst of Hurting People (5:1-4) After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
One way that you can understand the heart of another is asking the question, "What is their agenda?" What drives that person? What are they trying to accomplish in life? What do they do the things that they do? A quick way to determine a personís agenda is by examining the where do they hang out and with whom?
A young man trying to climb the corporate ladder makes sure that he wears the right clothes, carries the right brief case, and hangs out with the right people in the business world.
Young people who aspire who make it big in acting leave their homes and travel to Hollywood to be in the right place, just as Nashville draws young singers, and New York draws apiring models.
I have even witnessed in the ministry that young preachers who want to be "somebody" in the SBC make sure they place themselves in the company of the right people at conventions and meetings. To really determine what makes a person tick is just examine where they spend their time.
Jesus was no different. As we examine the life of Jesus, the Son of God, the Master Teacher, we will discover that most of His time was not spent at the Temple where most religious leaders focused their activities. Also, He did not spend most of His time with the Social elite crowd who could have certainly helped His ministry both financially and politicly. Instead, so often as in this case we find Jesus placing Himself in the midst of hurting people.
The pool of Bethesda was located in the northwest side of Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate. Apparently this pool was spring fed and at certain times air bubbles trapped in the sub-terrain water system would come up through the pool causing the water to stir. thatthe stirring of the water was caused by an angel and the first person in the pool after the stirring would be healed of any infirmity. (***It must be noted that verse 4 is not found in any of the earliest and best manuscripts and must have been added later by a scribe who was trying to explain the moving of the water.) With this belief brought multitudes of hurting and desparated people who hoped for anything to bring them help. This had to be one of the most depressing parts of town. Can you imagine multitudes of lame, blind, and grossly disfigured people in one place. Certainly, most of the religious leaders stayed away from this place in fear of touching a person with an infirmity and not to speak of avoiding such a dreadful place. Can
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