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Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC the pastor who obeyed Christ command in Luke 22:36

All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, unless otherwise noted, is from the ACP/King James Version. The words in red are those of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those of God the Father and God the Holy Ghost and the words in this sickly EPA greenish color are of satan.

Monday, April 23, 2012
John Chapter Five part one John 5:1-16
Keyword: The Chronological order of the life of Our Christ

What would you do if, after healing you, God Almighty said to you "Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." Well today we are going to look at a man who seems to have ignored that warning. Fortunately for us, Jesus no longer says that to us. Once we have given our life to Him, and He has accepted us into His family as an adopted brother or sister, He gives us a way out when we sin and sin we will. In First John one, verses nine and ten we read "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we call Him a liar, and His word is not in us."

What happened to the man we are about to read about is unknown, but of all the men, women, boys and girls Jesus healed, this one made it into the Gospel of John. God did not use fillers or things just to take up space in His gospels. He put everything that is in His book, the Holy Bible, in there for a reason, and that reason is for us to learn from it. I would not be at all surprised to learn that a worse thing than being crippled for 38 years, happened to this man, immediately after verse 15a.

Now, without further ado, let us go to the very word of God.

1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. ( If the ministry of Jesus was 27 months, this marks the eighth month or so, but, if Jesus' ministry was 39 months, then this marks the end of Jesus' first year of ministry. Regardless, since there is no way to be certain, I only mention this in passing for your thought.)

2 Now there is, at Jerusalem, by the *sheep gate, a pool which is called, in the Hebrew tongue, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, and withered, waiting for the moving of the water. *4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and agitated the water: whosoever then first, after the stirring of the water, stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. *Sheep gate: see Ne 3:1; 12:39 literally the gate they brought the sheep that were to be sacrificed through.

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, He saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man, when the water is agitated, to put me into the pool: for while I am coming, another steppeth down before me."

*8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9a And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: 9b and on the same day was the sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, "It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed." 11 He answered them, "He that made me whole, the same said unto me, 'Take up thy bed, and walk.'"

12 Then asked they him, "What man is that which said unto thee, 'Take up thy bed, and walk?'" 13 And he that was healed knew not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed Himself away, a multitude being in that place.

14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. 16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay Him, because He had done these things on the sabbath day. John 5:1-16ACP/KJV

*4. The literal translation of verse four is: For a messenger at a set time was going down in the pool, and was troubling the water, the first then having gone in after the troubling of the water, became whole of whatever sickness he was held. This literal translation of the Greek tells us that the angel coming and stirring up the waters was no longer happening, that it showed the difference in power of an angel compared to God. The angel came down, stirred the waters and one was healed. Wherever Jesus went all were healed, thousands, maybe tens of thousands. This is a very important distinction, for it disproves any claim that Jesus was but 'a' son of God.

9a Notice here in 9a, how Jesus only speaks and the man is cured and made whole immediately. We have no reason to believe that only his legs were healed. The man had been laying there, inactive for 38 years, every muscle in his body was weak from not being used, his teeth were probably rotting in his head, he was a weak invalid to say the least, yet, the man immediately got up, picked up his bed and walked away. The Greek word interpreted "made whole" is ginomai, pronounced ghin'-om-ahee, it means literally made whole not simply fixed of one thing.

In verses 10 and 11 we see two things of importance. First in verse ten we see how blind the leaders of the Jews were. They do not focus on the wonderful miracle of the making of a man whole who had been a crippled invalid for 38 years, but instead that it was the Sabbath and this man was up, walking, and carrying his bed home. The second thing we see is in verse 11. This shows just how much power the religious leaders had over the people, how terrified the people were of the religious leaders. For imagine your response if you had been crippled and confined to your bed for the past 38 years and along comes Jesus and heals you, and as you are walking, probably skipping along on your way home carrying your bed, someone comes along, a judge, a cop, a preacher, the pope or even the president, and tells you to put your bed down, and stop celebrating, because it was the Sabbath. You would tell that person or group of persons to forget it.

In verses 12 through 15 we see one of the saddest events ever to happen and be recorded in the Gospels. In verse 12 we see the Jewish leaders stopping the man whom God had made whole and not asking him who healed him, but instead focusing on his carrying his bed on the Sabbath.

In verse 14, we see Jesus coming to the man and saying to him "thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."

In verses 15, one of the saddest recorded events of the Gospels, this man who had been made whole by God Himself, is asked by the religious leaders not who healed you, but "What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?'" and then this man does not praise God for the healing, but instead goes looking for the Jews and seems to blame Jesus for his being in trouble with those religious leaders of the Jews.

Sometime in the not too distant future I want to talk to you men in the Militias, about Luke 20:25 and Matthew 24:24.

Lord, make my faith as that which I perceive the Samaritans to have had. Amen.

As you ponder today's Scripture, ponder also your own relationship with Christ. Are you a Samaritan or are you a Galilean?

Lord give us eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart attuned to Your word.

Men, let us strive to be men who follow Christ, and pray our wives will, as Peter's and Abraham's wives did, simply follow.

Nai erchomai kurios Iesous.

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