Word of Jesus Part 51

John 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
John 5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
John 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
John 5:4 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.

In reading the Old Testament as well as the new, we see many times when miracles occur and angels appear to men. God blessed this tiny nation many times with signs of His presence among them. He chose to bring the plan of salvation through these people. That is why the devil hates Israel and has always tried to destroy this nation. He has almost succeeded many times but God has saved them. Their sufferings have increased because of their rejection of the Messiah who came to walk and live among them for a short season. Yet we knew from the scriptures that the latter day prophecies do concern Israel and the church never has taken their place but only has become adopted Israel until Israel recognizes their true Messiah. When that happens believing Jews and believing Gentiles will become one in Jesus Christ. This is a miracle done only by the Holy Spirit. We cannot make a man-made unity without Jesus Christ. Unity that is made by man will not last. A unity of spirit and of truth has to come by the Holy Spirit.

John 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

Jesus does not force us to be healed or saved.  He asked first.

John 5:7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

We see here a sad part of our selfish human nature that desires to help ourselves instead of one suffering and cannot help himself.

John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

Jesus had compassion on this man. Jesus was not limited to a certain season or to a short period of time.

John 5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

Actually the man was better off than those that went before him because he was privileged to have been made whole by the Son of God Himself. God in the flesh; Jesus Christ who came to save from sin.

John 5:10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

They missed the whole point entirely of why the Sabbath was made. The Sabbath was made to give mankind a day of rest that he could refresh him spiritually. What better refreshing would it be than to be healed of a disease and find salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

John 5:11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
John 5:12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
John 5:13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

If Jesus takes the time to make sure that man knows that he was not only healed but saved from sin, we should not be skipping the message of repenting from sin when we tell of the gospel. A worse thing could come upon us if we return to sin after Jesus saves us.

John 5:15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

We are not told here why the man went and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. Perhaps his motive was pure and that he wanted them to believe in Jesus too. This would be my first guess. It could be though that he did not like the message of, "Go and sin no more" and told the Jews it was Jesus in anger. I sort of doubt that to be the case though. If one has been healed of a crippling disease, it seems unlikely that he wouldn't be grateful.

John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

We see here a case of a religion of strict rules being thought of a more importance than a sick person being well and delivered from a crippling state. Some religious beliefs are good but should always without exception be accompanied with compassion, mercy and love.

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

He was doing what the Father called Him to do. God is the one who made the Sabbath, so God could do what He wanted on the Sabbath.

John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
John 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
John 5:21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

This should cause our hearts to rejoice because here is the promise of the resurrection from the dead for those who die knowing Jesus Christ as Lord.

John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
John 5:23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

Again we see that God chose Jesus to bear our sins and gave Jesus the power to forgive sin and grant eternal life. To reject Jesus is the reject God and reject eternal life. There is no other religion, there is no other sacrifice and there is no other way to be saved.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

This can happen both ways. The dead in sin can hear the voice of Jesus or hear the gospel, believe and pass from death unto life. The dead in the graves will hear the voice of Jesus and rise on the resurrection day.

John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
John 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
John 5:29 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.

Although these two resurrections are 1000 years apart, there are two of them. This is spoken of in more detail in Revelation chapter 20.

If we believe in Jesus Christ, we too can be part of the first resurrection. When we believe, He washes away our sin and makes us children of God. Our names are then written in the book of life.

John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
John 5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
John 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
John 5:33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
John 5:34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
John 5:35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
John 5:37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
John 5:38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Since the only scripture of that time was the Old Testament then we can assume that Jesus is there.  He is in the Old testament concealed and the New Testament revealed.  We can only find Him if we search with all our hearts. A half-hearted seeker will not find the truth. We can't see Jesus in the Old testament unless our eyes are opened by the spirit of God. We will find Him when we seek Him with our whole heart.

It is never His will that any of us perish.

John 5:40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
John 5:41 I receive not honour from men.
John 5:42 But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

This will be the future anti-christ and many other false religions and false prophets. They will believe someone who brings prosperity and promises riches. They will accept someone who comes in his own name.

Jesus came to bring us a message from God.

John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

We need to be careful not to give too much honor and praise to an individual.

They had their eyes on people and those that became great and powerful. They were looking for a Messiah that would become great and make the nation of Israel great again. They were not looking for an humble savior who was to die for their sins.

John 5:45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.
John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.
John 5:47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Deu 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

This prophet is Jesus. As they did not believe now, their fathers did not always believe Moses.  They spent 40 years in the wilderness because of unbelief.

Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isa 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Isa 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Isa 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isa 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Isa 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

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