Summary: Looking at what God's grace accomplishes in the life of a sinner!
God’s Amazing Grace
We preach about it, we sing about it, we even testify of the amazing grace that God has so wondrously shed abroad in our lives. What do we mean by the term grace? G.W. Knight wrote these words to describe grace: “When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day's pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance, that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements, that is an award. But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award--yet receives such a gift anyway--that is a good picture of God's unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we talk about the grace of God.”
It appears that much of what John writes about Jesus is centered on the theme of feasts that the Jews celebrate. For example, in chapter two and verse thirteen, we have the celebration of the Passover taking place as Jesus enters the temple and cleanses it. In chapter six and verse four John tells us the Passover was nigh when Jesus did the miracle with the loaves and fish. In chapter seven and verse two John says it was the feast of the Tabernacles that was taking place in this particular instance. John tells us that it was the feast of Dedication in chapter ten and verse twenty-two when Jesus was charged with blasphemy and finally, in chapter eleven and verse fifty-five that the Passover was near when a plot was hatched to kill Jesus. Two things come to mind when we read such information. We have a decent idea of what time of the year some of these events were taking place, and we see that Jesus was very much involved in his culture as a Jewish man during his ministry.
In our particular passage of John chapter five, Jesus has come to Jerusalem and has come through the sheep gate where there is a pool nearby called Bethesda. Bethesda, according to one scholar has been excavated and found to be made up of five porches; it was spring fed; and most likely had two pools instead of one. Our text tells us it was a place where people brought the sick, lame, and diseased for healing. John records some kind of miraculous stirring of the waters and the first to step in would receive healing. This pool was a place filled with people who had no hope in life and could not help themselves. This is a clear picture of many people in our world that are in the same condition as this man. Their lives are wrecked and ruined by sin. They call out for help, but unfortunately everywhere they turn for help there is none found because they haven’t turned to the right Person. In this passage, this would become a place where one man was able to find the grace of God sweet to his soul. He would experience something through Jesus Christ that would change his life forever. His condition would no longer remain the same but he would experience radical change. This is what grace brings to the lives of the lame, the broken, and the sick in sin. Have you experienced the grace of God? Has your life had such a radical change as this man had? Is your life in such a condition that you’re not sure what to do next or where to turn to? My friend, you need to experience the wonderful grace of God. Allow me to show you five things about the grace of God from this passage!