Equal with God (John 5:1-18)John Parker, 24th March 2019
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
1. …raised an invalid, to stop sinning vv1-15
2. …worked life on the Sabbath, as God his Father does vv16-18
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5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
5:3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
5:5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
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?"
5:7 "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."
5:8 Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."
5:9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,
5:10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."
5:11 But he replied, "The man who made me well said to me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.' "
5:12 So they asked him, "Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?"
5:13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
5:14 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."
5:15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
5:16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him.
5:17 Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working."
5:18 For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; 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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