EWOC SERMON – January 4th 2020

John 5:1-15 New King James Version (NKJV)

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

Feast – the world likes to party.

But Jesus came to this world.

Verse 2: Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.

Now there by the sheep market was a pool. In Hebrew is called Bethesda and having five porches……. house of grace and mercy.

Verse 3:  In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 

Unbelievers are hurting and the church is not there to help. (A perfect picture of humanity, blind, lame, paralyzed, due to the fall and sin…. helpless to save themselves.

Verse 4:For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 

Some people get healed because their body system heals them.

Verse 5: Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

The law tells this man to take care of himself for 38 years. That’s the world we living in.

Verse 6:  When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

That was also a picture of Israel and it’s a picture of our world and the world around us.

That question shows us that we can not be whole and complete without Jesus!

Verse 7: The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

People depend on people and most of the time brings nothing but disappointment. But today you can depend on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your life if it is surrendered unto Jesus Christ.

Verse 8:Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 

One word of Christ changes a life completely.

And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’”

12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”

15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.


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