Signs and Works in John’s Gospel — John 5:1-9, 13-15

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Signs and Works in John’s Gospel – John 5:1-9, 13-15

A – H – E – A – D

See also: Jn. 5:21; Luke 13:15; Matt. 9:6; Jn. 7:11; I John 5:15-16; Psalm 86:5

Anxiety of Affliction – v. 5 – For 38 years the man lay ill. That is a long time to keep an illness.

Hearsay hope – vs. 4, 7 – The man’s hope was a wish and a superstition. He hoped an angle would solve the problem. It was something to cling to. Do you cling to hopes that are hearsay?

Encounter – vs. 6-8 — Jesus met the man and offered him a blessing if he would have it. During a course in pastoral counseling students were warned that they must always ask the patient’s permission to pray, etc. Jesus wanted to know if the man wanted his help.

Admonition – vs. 8, 14 – Before they could conclude their conversation Jesus and the man parted. Later Jesus has a word of advice: “Go and sin no more.” Have you ever noticed how Jesus was not focused on the seedy past of people. Surely that is a lesson. He is about preparing people for heaven.

Divine divulgence – vs. 15, 17 – There was now no doubt about who did this. The man proclaims that it was Jesus.

Exemplary story: A dear friend who claims to be an Aunt by marriage has a favorite saying. “The past is history. The future is a mystery. The present is a gift. So, enjoy it.”
Jesus allowed the man to put sin and sickness behind him. He gave the man a gift for the present, and he gave the man a hope to cast off the uncertainties of the future.

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Signs and Works in John’s Gospel — John 3:1-5, 14-15 — The Sign of the Snake

English: Jesus and Nicodemus

English: Jesus and Nicodemus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Signs and Works in John’s Gospel – John 3:1-5 & 14-15

S – N – A – K – E

See also: Num. 21:8-9; John 7:50; 9:16; Matt 12:39-40; Rms. 6:4

Sign – v. 2 – Nicodemus like the rest of the generation could not help but notice the works of Christ. Have you taken the time to see them today?

Night – v. 2 – Nicodemus was a high ranking official. He could not afford to be seen with Jesus just now. Nor could he afford to not consult Jesus about his ministry.

Again – v. 3 – To Nicodemus Jesus said, “You must be born again.” Today as then we must be born of the water and we must be born of the spirit.

Kingdom – vs. 5, 10, 12 – The man who came to Jesus was an earthly lawyer. What Jesus had to teach was about a spiritual kingdom. So often we get caught up in the order of the day that we forget what Jesus was about . He was about teaching that that there is a spiritual life.

Eternal life – v. 15 – Something that could never be found in the law was now promised. Jesus was promising that he would bring eternal life. The rescue by Moses in the wilderness was just a shadow of what was offered now.

Exemplary story: On the farm we would often have a patch of sweet corn planted in one of the outlying fields. On particular season when I was very small the field corn patch was planted in the east acre patch. I remember hearing that the crop was in danger of being lost to marauding crows. My dad managed to shoot a crow. He nailed the crow to the longest pole he could find, and he nailed that pole to a fencepost in the sweet corn patch. The uplifted crow saved the remaining harvest. For us today the uplifted Christ is God’s promise to save us from our sins if we believe and obey.