1 Christ – The Deity
The Third Sign (John 5:1–16)
The setting (John 5:1–5). “Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for the feast of the Jews. Now there is in Jerusalem near the sheep gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, and the paralyzed. 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. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.”
Begins the chapter with the familiar expression meta tauta “after this”…show more content…
Saw one man and know (gnos) often used of supernatural knowledge of Jesus.
Will – theleis – are you earnestly desiring to be made whole. His hope had deteriorated and instead of answering the question
He makes excuses.
Today instead of putting faith into action, we make excuses.
This was the only man with no hope. Others had hope in the water.
Jesus helps those who have no hope and cry out
“God save me.”
Why did Jesus ask the question? Jesus was trying to stir hope in the hopeless.
“I have no man.” – “There is no one around to help me.” – dependence upon people rather than God.
“When the water is troubled.” – “The condition just are not right for a miracle.” – dependence on circumstances rather than God.
“To put me into the pool.” – “This is the wrong place to expect God to do a miracle – limiting God to work only in certain geographic areas.
“While I am coming, another steppeth down before me.” – “Someone always seems to be getting in my way or hindering the situation.” – blaming others for past failures.
“The same day was the Sabbath.” (John 5:9) – “These are not the days of great miracles.” – limiting God to having only worked during a particular period in the past.
Egeire – present active imperative and was used as popular exclamation similar to the expression of a parent calling a lazy child to “get up.” We must put feet on our desires.
Why did the Lord ask him to do the