The popularity of Jesus is growing and so is the opposition. The religious leaders feel very self-righteous. They don’t see themselves as uncaring because they don’t forbid Jesus to heal people - they just want him to wait a day. The Law of Moses is God’s Law and is very clear: a)you shall keep the Sabbath holy and b)you shall not make yourself equal to God. This is the first time in his ministry that Jesus openly responds to accusations by becoming the religious leader’s accuser. He’s quite gentle with them in his desire to help them.
John starts chapter 5 by giving an account of the cripple at the Pool and how he is healed by Jesus. It is a good introduction to showing how the religious leaders are crippled by their legalism and their focus on the Law and trying to understand God with their mind. They’re bound by their narrow-mindedness, they only see what they want to see. John is showing us the heart of Jesus, who wants them to have eternal life.
Question 1 Why did Jesus heal on the Sabbath Day knowing it would upset the religious leaders?
Question: List the 4 witnesses testifying to Jesus being the Son of God?V33,36,37,39
Question What accusations did Jesus make against the religious leaders?V44+47
Question Are we sometimes guilty of reading only the parts of the Bible we like?
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