Summary: The fifth chapter marks a major division in the Gospel of John
Pastor Allan Kircher
Shell Point Baptist Church
July 13th 2014
Do you want to get well?
The fifth chapter marks a major division in the Gospel of John.
• Prologue John introduces the life of Jesus
• 1st-4chap.Jesus presents himself/Jews/promised Messiah
• Chap 5, John begins to trace a growing rejection/Lord
• Rejection/gather/three remarkable acts of healing by Jesus:
• Chap 5/Chapt 9/opening/eyes/man born blind/Chapt 11
• greatest of our Lord's miracles
• All/increases/hostility against Jesus/culminates/last/death.
Today we will look at the first of these miracles, the healing of the impotent man, John 5:1-5
• Probably interrupted/Galilee ministry…back to chap 6
2. V. 4 Missing.
• Most versions footnotes/explain/presence.
• Explain pool……
Established a reputation as a place where people could be healed.
3. Multitude of People……..blind/lame/sick/paralyzed……
• 38 years he waited.
• Jesus picks him out of the crowd of hundreds……
• He did not empty the five porches, healing everybody
• He did not lay hands on them; nothing of that sort.
• He went to only one man.
• The value of a story like this……
• reason it is in the gospels/truth about Lord
• Show us how God proposes to deal with human helplessness and weakness.
Undoubtedly it/helplessness of this man drew Jesus to him.
We all can see ourselves, in a sense, helpless, weak, crippled and lame, lying at the pool of Bethesda this morning.
• We all need help.
• We all find ourselves paralyzed at times
• Unable to do the thing we want or ought to do….
• We find we are lame
• we do not walk very well
The Focus turns to Jesus.
1. Knowledge of Jesus
“When Jesus saw him and knew he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" (John 5:6)
• Strange question ask man sick for 38 years!
• "Do you want to be healed?
• Jesus never asked a foolish question in his life.
• it was important for this man to answer the question
• "Do I want to be healed?"
• immediately he knew the man’s story
God knows our story
• how long you have been struggling/problem
• All there is to know about you and I.
• Your pain/sorrow/worries/reservations
• discouragement you may be feeling.
• help that you may need.
• what may be facing you tomorrow.
I cannot think a thought/my mind God does not know what I’m thinking.
Many people today who do not want to be healed
• Do not want to receive divine help in their problems
• Do not want to be helped out of their weakness.
• They love their weakness, their helplessness.
• They are always craving the attention of others through their helplessness.