Joh 5:1-18; Mat 23:4; Luk 6:5; Exo 20:8-10
JOHN-19-210613 - length: 67:20 - taught on Jun, 13 2021
Announcements concerning the sale of our building
The earliest day we can close will be Thursday July 1.
We will have at least two more Sunday services in this building.
We have one month after the close to completely move out.
We will need help packing for our move.
Chapter 5 begins a new phase in the ministry of Jesus.
“The Jews” are the religious leaders in Jerusalem. The priests and the Pharisees.
“after these things” meta tauta
an unspecified amount of time passes.
The disciples are not mentioned in John 5. Jesus went alone from Galilee to Jerusalem.
They bought into a superstition - a myth.
The most pathetic of them all.
This man was the perfect candidate for a display of the Lord’s grace and power.
And the man did not say yes.
He just complained about how impossible it was for him to get into that pool first.
Short command. Immediate miracle.
It’s hard not to notice a paralyzed man walking by with his mat on his shoulder.
Jesus had several run-ins with the Jewish leaders over an issue with the Sabbath.
The Jewish religious elite knew that the paralytic had been healed.
They condemned a man for carrying a light burden on his shoulders,
but they had placed the heaviest burdens there.
The response of the “holy men”? All judgment. No mercy.
When confronted, he blamed the One who healed him!
They neglected the weightier provisions of the Law:
justice, and mercy, and faithfulness.
Jesus, as it were, had the Law on His side.
The Sabbath was the day to let the Lord take care of you.
So rather than argue, he dramatically escalated the conflict.
And by what power and authority did He heal this man?
This was no longer about an arcane interpretation of a rabbinical tradition.
He did what ONLY the Messiah, the Son of God, could do.