Answering a Different Question

Answering a Different Question (John 5: 1-18) preached on 5 March 2017 at 9:30 by Alastair Bolt
Sermon 11 in the series

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John 5:1-18

The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath

5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 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?” 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.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 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said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well!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.”

Jesus Is Equal with God

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.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Sermons in the Series John's Gospel

1 Who Are You?
2 Talking about Jesus
3 What Are You After?
4 Turn My Water into Your Wine
5 Time to Get Angry
6 Born Again
7 Getting Wet
8 Something New, Something Real, Something Now
9 If Only You Knew
10 Come, Believe, Receive
11 Answering a Different Question
12 Honour the Son
13 Four Solid Legs
14 Not Overwhelmed
15 Master of the Waves
16 Feeding on the Living Bread
17 Bread from Heaven
18 Giving Up
19 A Different Timeline, a Different Tune
20 Come to Me and Drink
21 Pause
22 I Am the Light of the World
23 The Truth Will Make You Free
24 Who Jesus Is Changes Everything
25 Take Something out of the 'Too Difficult To Do' Box
26 Reflection Leading to Revelation
27 The Good Shepherd Provides Security, Leadership and Freedom

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