As we transition from chapter 4 to chapter 5 in the gospel of John, we enter a new sub-section (chapters 5-10) of the gospel. Over the course of the next 6 chapters, we will see Jesus perform signs and wonders at 4 different feasts. These signs reveal that He is the fulfillment of all that the feasts point to. Yet, He is not received by Jewish leadership. Instead they focus on the fact that the signs, the miracles and healings are taking place on the Sabbath. Therefore, they begin to confront and rebuke Jesus for 'working' on the Sabbath. Jesus' response to these accusations will be the catalyst for his opponents seeking to kill him. In Chapter 5, John presents us with a beautiful example of Jesus' compassion, power, mercy as He reveals himself as the Messiah. He has come not primarily for our physical health, but for our holiness.
- Why were there so many sick and lame people laying at this location?
- What stands out to you about this miracle?
- Why do our modern Bibles not include verse 4?
- What role did this man’s faith play in his healing?
- What does the Jewish leader’s focus on the law or rather, their exaggerated application of the law, say about their perception or understanding of God’s character?
- What does Jesus appear to believe about the command to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy?
- The man that was healed, appears to keep on sinning. He spurns Jesus and his mercy. Are there ways in your life you have received good gifts from God and spurned him, failed to honor him as you ought?
- Jesus gives some really insightful words regarding his relationship with God the Father. What are the implications of his words?
- Some who are skeptical about Jesus say that Jesus never claimed to be God. Is that true? If not, cite Scriptural evidence to the contrary.
- Why did the Jewish leadership seek to kill Jesus? What was it that they couldn’t tolerate?