In John chapter 5 we see one of the ‘signs’ that John says are written that we “may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).
The incident took place at the Pool of Bethesda just outside Jerusalem. There seems to have been a belief that an angel would on occasions disturb the water and if a sick person could get into the pool they would be healed. Jesus is told that the man has been by the pool for 38 years and began what would become a life changing conversation for this man.
Four questions today that arise from this incident
- Where is your hope?
- Do you want to get well?
- Is God working in your life?
- Do you hear the warning?
Where is your hope?
- The man’s hope was in a superstition
- He was being addressed by Christ, yet he is hoping for some ripples in a pool
- Superstition did not end with the Industrial Revolution
- There are superstitious views today such as Postmodernism, New Age and Spiritism
- The Jewish leaders’ hope was in legalism
- The law did not prohibit the carrying of mats
- The tradition of the elders described it as work
- A conflict between the command of Christ and the requirements of tradition
- Christianity is not a list of rules
- It is centred on the finished work of Christ
- Jesus is the only hope
Do you want to get well?
- Jesus did not ask pointless questions
- Getting well means change
- Change is frightening
- What if Christ were to ask us the same question?
- Would we walk away from our sins and into the life to which he calls us?
Is God working in your life?
- Jesus slipped away
- The man did not know who had healed him
- Jesus found him, meaning that Jesus sought him out
- Sometimes we are unaware that God is working in our lives
Do you hear the warning?
- The man needed more than a physical healing
- Jesus called the man to a changed life
- The warning refers to hell
- Christ spoke of hell more than anyone else in the Bible
- This miracle challenges us to consider God’s call on our lives
- “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31)
- “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)