There was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
This feast is not believed to be the Passover since it would probably have said so.
There was a pool in the sheep market called Bethesda, which had five porches. Many sick people lay on the porches by the pool. “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.” (Vs 4)
Jesus saw a man lying by the pool, who had an infirmity for 38 years. Jesus saw him and knew that he had been a long time in that case.
“Wilt thou be made whole?”
“I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
No one to help him.
How many times had he tried and failed?
Did Jesus pick out the person in the most hopeless situation?
“Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”
And immediately the man was made whole and took up his bed, and walked:
Jesus is the hope of the hopeless.
It was the sabbath.
The Jews therefore said to him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
Carrying the bed was work. It was unlawful to work on the sabbath.
“He that made me whole, the same said to me, Take up thy bed, and walk.”
“What man is that which said to thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?”
The man didn’t know who had healed him.
Jesus had spoken the words of healing and moved on through the crowd.
Maybe the man had heard of Jesus. Maybe he had even wanted to go to him but he had no one to help him.
Jesus found the man in the temple.
“Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.”
First Jesus healed the man physically, then he addressed his spiritual problem.
The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
The Pharisees persecuted Jesus, and sought to slay him:
1)because he had done these things on the sabbath day – healed the man with the withered hand and now healed this man
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
2) because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
In the rest of the chapter, Jesus answered the Pharisees.
Here are some highlights:
– The Son can do nothing of himself
– The Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son:
– He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
– All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Three bear witness of Christ
1) John (the Baptist) bare witness of me; he bare witness unto the truth.
2) The Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me.
3) Search the scriptures…they testify of me.