Jesus asks a question that seems obvious. But it's a question you must answer.
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John 5 (ESV)
1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool,
in Aramaic called Bethesda,
which has five roofed colonnades.
3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—
5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
6 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?”
7 The sick man answered him,
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.”
8 Jesus said to him,
take up your bed,
9 And at once the man was healed,
and he took up his bed
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for Jesus had withdrawn,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.”
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.
19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you,
the Son can do nothing of his own accord,
but only what he sees the Father doing.
For whatever the Father does,
that the Son does likewise.
20 For the Father
loves the Son
and shows him all that he himself is doing.
And greater works than these will he show him,
so that you may marvel.
21 For as the Father
raises the dead and gives them life,
so also the Son gives life to whom he will.
22 For the Father judges no one,
but has given all judgment to the Son,
23 that all may honor the Son,
just as they honor the Father.
does not honor the Son
does not honor the Father who sent him.
24 Truly, truly, I say to you,
whoever hears my word
and believes him who sent me
has eternal life.
He does not come into judgment,
but has passed from death to life.
25 “Truly, truly, I say to you,
and is now here,
when the dead
will hear the voice of the Son of God,
and those who hear will live.
26 For as the Father
has life in himself,
so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.
27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
28 Do not marvel at this,
for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
29 and come out,
those who have done good to the resurrection of life,
and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
30 “I can do nothing on my own.
As I hear,
and my judgment is just,
because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
31 If I alone bear witness about myself,
my testimony is not true.
32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true.
33 You sent to John,
and he has borne witness to the truth.
34 Not that the testimony that I receive is from man,
but I say these things so that you may be saved. \
35 He was a burning and shining lamp,
and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John.
For the works that
the Father has given me to accomplish,
the very works that I am doing,
bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.
37 And the Father who sent me
has himself borne witness about me.
His voice you have never heard,
his form you have never seen,
38 and you do not have his word abiding in you,
for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.
39 You search the Scriptures
because you think that in them you have eternal life;
and it is they that bear witness about me,
40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
41 I do not receive glory from people.
42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you.
43 I have come in my Father’s name,
and you do not receive me.
If another comes in his own name, you will receive him.
44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father.
There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.
47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
John 5 Summary
Jesus has once again come into Jerusalem, and He comes across an pool sick & crippled people would wait by hoping for a supernatural healing when the waters would stir. The first one in apparently would experience healing. How these 'miracles' would occur doesn't seem to concern John, as it's not the reason John writes of this encounter.
John's point here is twofold: first of all that Jesus only need speak and miracles occur, and secondly, to give context to the lesson Jesus teaches the harassing Jews following Him.
Rather than being amazed at Jesus' power, they accuse Him of breaking Sabbath law - not laws recorded in scripture, but regulations that men had added on top of the commands God gave through Moses.
Be grateful for these obstinate Jews, because the response Jesus gives to them is one of the greatest descriptions of who our Savior is!
The question Jesus asks in v6 is perhaps as simple as the questions come: "Do you want to get well?" But notice that the man never answers the question. Instead, he gives an excuse as to why he can't get into the healing waters of the pool. Why do you think the man doesn't reply to the simple question with a simple 'yes'?
I think he doesn't answer because it's just assumed that anyone in that man's condition would want to get well; add to that the fact that he's sitting next to a pool known for its miraculous healing properties. Of course he wants to get well... Why does Jesus ask such an obvious question?
What about you? Do you want to get well? Maybe your response to that is to offer an excuse of why you can't always make it to church or do this or that. Maybe you have faithfully gone to church twice a Sunday for your entire life, so it's 'obvious' you want to get well.
Or maybe you should just straight up answer Jesus' question for yourself.
AAA Prayer :
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father who has life in Himself, and who gives us life through His Son (v26)
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that God will open your eyes so that you don't miss what His Word so obviously points toward: Jesus
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: