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The Power to Heal      John 5:2-3a, 5-17      Oct. 13, 2013

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Introduction

       When we believe creation comes from God healing miracles are easier to accept and even ask the Lord to give them. However did you notice this man did not ask for this healing. The Lord used his condition to create the climate for His miracle. A man lame for 38 years did not cause the Lord a problem because He possessed The Power to Heal.

       

1.   Jesus Took The Power to Heal . . Immediately Commanding the Man to Get Up. 5:2-3a, 5-9a

       A.   Jesus Went To The . . Sheep Gate. 5:2-3a

       2 By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five colonnades.

       3 Within these lay a multitude of the sick — blind, lame, and paralyzed

 

       B.   Jesus Went To The . . Sickest of Men. 5:5-9a

       5 One man was there who had been sick for 38 years.

       6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had already been there a long time, He said to him, "Do you

       want to get well?"

       7 "Sir," the sick man answered, "I don't have a man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but

       while I'm coming, someone goes down ahead of me."

       8 "Get up," Jesus told him, "pick up your bedroll and walk!"

       9 Instantly the man got well, picked up his bedroll, and started to walk.. . .”


       The power to heal is displayed in Jesus going to the Sheep Gate. He went there with the specific intention of healing this particular man. Do you think the question, “do you want to get well” is a logical question? Have you ever known or heard of a person who enjoyed the attention they received from being ill? It is important to desire a healing before we will ever receive it. Jesus in asking this question called further attention to this man.

I suggest this man was the worst case at the pool and if He heals him, then others who want healing can go to Him for their healing. If I was laying around the pool and saw what Jesus did I would want Him to perform an act of healing on me. I would try to get some others to help me get to where He was.


 

2.   Jesus Took The Power to Heal . . Infringing on Jewish Law. 5:9b-13

       A.   The Jews Inquired about the Man’s . . Healing. 5:9b-11

       9b “. . . Now that day was the Sabbath,. . .”

       10 so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "This is the Sabbath! It's illegal for you to pick up

       your bedroll."

       11 He replied, "The man who made me well told me, 'Pick up your bedroll and walk.' "

 

       B.   The Jews Inquired about the Man’s . . Healer. 5:12-13

       12 "Who is this man who told you, 'Pick up your bedroll and walk?'" they asked.

       13 But the man who was cured did not know who it was, because Jesus had slipped away into the crowd

       that was there.


       Some people get so wrapped up in their man made laws they place them ahead of the needs of people. To some even today the definition of a good Christian is one with a list of don’ts in their life. I know some Baptists that way. Personally I want to be known by what I do more than what I don’t do. Jesus was willing to infringe on the Jewish additions to the commandments to heal this man. The Jews wanted to confront Jesus to complain at His breaking their law rather than rejoice with Him in the man’s healing. The power of Jesus was obviously displayed as He healed a man sick for 38 years.

 

 

3.   Jesus Took The Power to Heal . . Instructed the Man Further About Sin. 5:14-17

       A.   Jesus . . Sought out the Man and Instructed Him About His Healing. 5:14

      14 After this, Jesus found him in the temple complex and said to him, "See, you are well. Do not sin any

        more, so that something worse doesn't happen to you."

 

       B.   Jesus . . Spoke Straight Forward to The Jews. 5:15-17

15 The man went and reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

       16 Therefore, the Jews began persecuting Jesus because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.

       17 But Jesus responded to them, "My Father is still working, and I am working also."


       In essence Jesus told this man sin had caused his 38 year illness and not to sin (like that) again or a worse disease would attack him. Jesus initiated the contact with this man and now seeks him out in the temple to instruct him about his future lifestyle. The kind of need we have does not cause the Lord a problem He specializes in the miraculous. Jesus did not require the man to have faith before His order to him. He simple told the man to, “get up.” Jesus could give this kind of a n order because He possessed The Power to Heal. Amen? Amen!