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Jesus Restores with Jerusalem Pool Photos (John 5:1-18)Gary McManus, March 15, 2015
Part of the Jesus Came to Restore series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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The Bible is FOR you!
BE reminded of what is in the Bible and what
is NOT in the Bible.
We looked at “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”
That is NOT in the Bible.
Today: “God helps those who help themselves.”
That is NOT in the Bible.
John’s book shows Jesus healing at pools.
The pools were not for decoration but for
(We’ve talked about it for three weeks.)
Ritual purity was BIG in Jesus’ day.
Jesus wasn’t big on it; Jesus said that
it was what came OUT of us that made us
Jesus healed the man that day.
There was no discussion of faith. This is more
about JESUS than it is about faith.
Who is Jesus?
What were the man’s chances that the POOL would
heal him? Who might you guess got to the waters first?
. . .God comes to help you (us) in Jesus Christ.
By his actions, Jesus says, “My father in heaven helps the helpless.” God is at work. (See 5:17)
Popular Christianity often BLAMES the victim,
the hurting, the sick, the poor. Christianity’s representatives
often are heard to say that someone didn’t pray enough or
have enough faith.
John 5 never mentions the man’s faith yet he is healed.
(See Romans 5:8)
Jesus testifies to the Heavenly Father.
(See John 5:36, 9:3, 10:38, 14:11)
God will heal EVEN on the Sabbath!
God doesn’t wait for the “right” day.
God doesn’t wait for us to be “right.”
All things are new. Jesus came to RESTORE us.
I have spoken of Victor Marx before. . .
Victor Marx is available on youtube.com
or you may visit victormarx.com
Jesus might ask you to stand and then pick up
your bed and walk out. Restoration might take
months or years of therapy.
Restoration might take medication.
But Jesus the Messiah came to restore.
Our God is WORKING to restore people.
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5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. (ESV)