The One Jesus Loves, Part 11: Do You Want To Get Well?
Series: The One Jesus Loves
March 31, 2019
In todays sermon, Pastor Landon Henry Breaks down how it only takes one moment in the presence of Jesus for everything to change.
THE ONE JESUS LOVES – 11
The Gospel of John
Do You Want to Get Well?
(John 5:1-18) Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” 11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” 12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” 13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. 14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
(And How Jesus can Transform Them)
1. “IT’S TOO LATE FOR ME”
(John 5:6) “When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’”
· Sometimes we let our sickness become our significance.
· Jesus is asking the man if he has let his disease define his future.
· What could happen if you believed God could change any circumstance?
2. “NOW IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR ME”
(John 5:10) “And so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, ‘It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.’”
· “I can’t” almost always means “I won’t give God control.”
· Religious objections are always louder than faith opportunities.
· Are you open to God answering your prayer in a way you don’t expect?
3. “JESUS DOESN’T WORK FOR ME”
(John 5:17) “In his defense Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.’”
· The problem is not God working but our watching.
· Where is God working?
(John 5:13b) “…Jesus had slipped away into the crowd …”
Can Jesus Really Transform Me?
(John 5:18) “… not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”
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