Bible study ‘Gospel of John’ – Chapter 5
Before reading this blog/Bible study, please start your time with first praying to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through this Bible study. Ask God to give you insight and knowledge to understand the secrets and treasures He has stored for us in this chapter of the Bible. Also I ask to read (even more then one time) the chapter first before proceeding with reading this Bible study. God knows what you need to learn, not me .. I just write what I receive from the Holy Spirit.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Welcome back to the Bible study on the Gospel of John. I pray that God will also bless us while we are on this journey through the fourth and last of the Gospels. It has already been a great journey so far with doing the Bible studies over the first three Gospels and I ask God to also bless this Bible study on the Gospel of John. That He will guide us and show us all that we need to learn and know!
Thank you also for blessing this blog for this coming year!
In the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John we will discuss the following chapters:
- The healing at the pool
- The authority of the Son
- Testimonies about Jesus
The healing at the pool
Jesus went near Jerusalem to a sheep pool, called Bethesda. At this pool a lot of disabled people used to lie. When Jesus came there was also a disabled man, which had been disabled for 38 years.
When Jesus saw him and learned that he had been this way for a long time, Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well. The disabled man replied that when he tried to get in the water that someone was always faster than Him. Then Jesus (because of his faith) said that the man should stand up and take his mat. And He was healed!
This healing took place on the Sabbath and the man walked away with his mat. He passed the Jewish leaders and instead of them being happy that he was healed were asking him why he was carrying his mat during Sabbath. See how wicked people can be that they find their own rules more important, than that people get healed. Later on the temple Jesus met the healed man again, and he told him to stop sinning or something worse will happen. This shows that one of the reason for sicknesses is actually our sins!
The authority of the Son
Because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath the Jewish leaders began to persecute them. When they confronted Him, He told them that His father is also always working (also on the Sabbath). Not only working on the Sabbath, but also calling God His father (making himself equal to God). Then Jesus said the following:
“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. 24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come 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 judge because he is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
This is an amazing testimony by Jesus on God.
Testimonies about Jesus
John was sent also a testimony to Jesus, as Jesus cannot testify on himself. But the most important testimony is from God. And God testified in the Bible about Jesus even in the Old Testament, so that we already knew about Jesus and that it is our own choice to accept Jesus as the Son of God. But we can never claim that we did not know about Jesus, because God has testified on Him! And if we do not believe God, how can we believe Jesus? So we need to believe both God and Jesus!
God bless you!