Sermons

Summary: The Man Who Enjoyed Bad Health! PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info

  Study Tools
  Study Tools

SERMON BODY:

A place of sickness (vs 1-3):

A place of superstition (vs 4-7):

A place of self-pity (vs 5-7):

It was a place of salvation (vs 8-9a):

It was a place of solitude (vs 13-14)

SERMON OUTLINE:

ill:

• Because there was no evidence outside of John’s Gospel;

• For the existence of the pool of Bethesda;

• The critics of the Bible had a field day;

• They argued that the gospel was written much later than what we believe it to be.

• They also argued that the writer of this gospel;

• Was someone without first-hand knowledge of the city of Jerusalem.

• They argued that the ‘pool’ had only a metaphorical,

• Rather than a historical, significance

• Then in the year 1888 that some people decided to renovate a very ancient Church;

• In the north-east corner of the city of Jerusalem.

• As they were scrubbing the whitewash off one of the walls;

• They discovered a fading fresco or painting.

• It showed a pool of water and an angel standing in the water;

• And sick people scrambling into the pool.

• Those who discovered the fresco realised that this picture;

• Links up with the story in John’s gospel chapter 5.

• The discovery caused them to ask the question;

• Was the Pool of Bethesda (which no-one had seen for centuries);

• Was somewhere near this ancient Church

• So they began to excavate the Church yard.

• And they had to dig down 40 feet of rubble to discover it!

• But if you go there today, then you can gaze down a hole 40ft deep;

• And see the pool of Bethesda.

• They found it;

• And they found the five porches that John speaks about!

• It had been hidden for two thousand years but now it has been revealed.

• TRANSITION: Today it is a place of beautiful archaeological ruins;

• Two thousand years ago it was a place of disease and hopelessness.

There are five points that make up this story:

(1). A place of sickness (vs 1-3):

“Some time later...”

• John’s gospel is built around seven key events, seven signs, seven miracles;

• 12 months have passed between the second sign (healing the officials son) and this sign.

“Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie - the blind, the lame, the paralysed”.

As I have already mentioned - if you visit Jerusalem today:

• You can go to St Anne's Church in Jerusalem,

• There they will show you the deep excavation that has revealed the ancient Pool of Bethesda.

• The pool is situated near the northeast corner of the Old City, close to the Sheep Gate.

• It is one of the few achelogical sites that we can be absolutely certain of.

The Hebrew name Bethesda has been spelled various ways and given differing meanings:

• Some say it means "house of mercy" or "house of grace,"

• But others say it means "place of the two outpourings ".

• And there is much historical and archaeological evidence;

• To show that two adjacent pools of water served this area in ancient times.

The reason this pool is brought to our attention by John in his gospel:

• Is not the historic or archaeological beauty of the place;

• But rather because of what it was known for - it was a place of sickness.

• Both Jewish and also Pagans regarded it as a sacred site;

• At one stage it was dedicated to the healing god Asclepius (As-le-pi-us).

• So both Jewish & Gentiles came in great numbers hoping for some wonder cure.

• And notice there is not a doctor anywhere in sight.

Ill:

• That’s because most of these people were beyond medical help;

• They needed the miraculous – not the commonplace cures and remedies.

• Talking of doctors I came across a script of;

• ‘What Doctors Say and What They Mean’:

• What they say: “It could be one of several things.”

What they mean: “I haven’t the foggiest idea what’s wrong with you.”

• What they say: “I’d like to run that test again.”

What they mean: “We have lost your blood sample.”

• What they say: “These pills have very few side effects.”

What they mean: “You may experience sudden hair growth on the palms of your hands.”

• What they say: “There’s a lot of this going around.”

• What they mean: “We’ll give it a name as soon as we figure out what it is.”

Download Sermon With PRO View On One Page With PRO
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