Do You Want to Be Better? | Gospel of John Series

Continue reading John 5:8-23

8 “Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk.” 9 Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk.
Now that day was the Sabbath, 10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “This is the Sabbath. The law prohibits you from picking up your mat.”
11 He replied, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”
12 “Who is this man who told you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?” they asked. 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, because Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
14 After this, Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well. Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.”15 The man went and reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 Therefore, the Jews began persecuting Jesus because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.
17 Jesus responded to them, “My Father is still working, and I am working also.” 18 This is why the Jews began trying 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 to God.
19 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does these things. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing, and he will show him greater works than these so that you will be amazed. 21 And just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to whom he wants. 22 The Father, in fact, judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all people may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

Point 2 – Jesus speaks a better word.

Jesus spoke into being all of creation. If He could do that, He could certainly speak healing into this man’s broken body. Jesus said to the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” (vs.8-9). The man was healed at once. His healing didn’t come from being pulled into a pool, or by touching a sacred relic, or through some religious huckster with a magic ring. Jesus was the source of his transformation and his new found hope.

Did you notice that the man was told to “pick up his mat” and walk (vs.8)? This man’s mat would have been dirty, smelly, and a painful reminder of his life prior to Jesus. But when Jesus entered that man’s life, the mat became something so much more. Pastor Brayden put it this way, “The mat that once carried this man is now carried triumphantly by him as a relic of his restoration; a souvenir of his salvation; a token of his testimony.”

Like this man, it is on us to share this hope with the people around us. Companies all over the world use word of mouth recommendations to promote their products or services because they know that someone is far more likely to try something if someone they know and trust has used it and liked it. When Christ does something amazing in our lives, salvation, healing from physical ailments, mental breakthroughs, emotional healing, He wants us to share that with others so they to can come and get healing from the one true source. Our testimony about Him and what He offers is eternal.

As soon as he was healed he did what Jesus told him to do. Jesus knew it was the Sabbath and the man knew it was the Sabbath, yet He still told him to do what was considered by the Jews unlawful to do on the Sabbath. Why would Jesus do this?

Jesus chose to heal this man at this time and in this way to show that He was Lord of the Sabbath, that He is the one who decides what is right to do and what is not. We know this because He tells the Jewish leaders that because His Father is always at work, and He follows the example of His Father, He too will always be at work. The words of Jesus are healing and life.

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