Sermons

Summary: Jesus heals a crippled man

  Study Tools

Do you want to get well?

John has Jesus teach in the context of Jewish festivals

This story is all about the revelation of God in Jesus on the Sabbath Read John 5:1-15

John 5:1-15 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"

7 "Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me."

8 Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."

11 But he replied, "The man who made me well said to me, `Pick up your mat and walk.' "

12 So they asked him, "Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?"

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Background on pool called Bethesda

Colonnades or porticoes to shade the crippled

Perhaps built by wealthy grateful healed persons

Legend is born by explanations to experiences - ripple in water, subterranean spring or - angel (no vs. 4)

Why not stand in the pool 24/7 - because it didn't work

Did Jesus believe in curative powers of the shrine -

Did the religious people?

Healing shrine at Lourdes - exit littered with crutches and casts - be more convincing if littered with prosthetics

What disables a person -

Do you want to get well?

What disables a person? Broken body? Defeated mind?

Career invalid needs to ask himself:

Do I want to get better?

Jesus always asks great questions -

Do you want to get well?

I don't ask - Is your car broken - do you want your marriage to work, do you want to pass Math?

1st response - blame - I have no one to help me

Don't throw pity parties

2nd thing - Banking on legend - miracle cures

The man didn't need the pool, he needed Jesus

Jesus' stern response "get up!"

Remember last week - Go Home!

Jesus doesn't mince words

38 years with little or no hope replaced by a strict command Get up - quit begging

The man is instantly healed - but this isn't a story about healing, there were dozens there not healed

Jesus is more concerned with crippled ideas of Sabbath

Fixing Religion - Messing with Tradition

The Sabbath every 7 days - defined your lifestyle. What did God intend for the Sabbath?


Browse All Media

Related Media


Alive In Christ
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Banner Over Me
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Change Life
SermonCentral
PowerPoint Template
Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion