The Healing of the Impotent Man
• Jesus goes to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews (v.1).
• These events take place by the sheep market at a pool called Bethesda in the Hebrew tongue. This pool has five porches
• A great multitude of sick people laid on these porches waiting for the moving of the water
• An angel would trouble the water at a "certain season" and the first one who entered the water after it was troubled would be made whole
• There is a man here who has had an infirmity for 38 years (v.5).
• Jesus asks him, "Wilt thou be made whole?"(v.6).
• The impotent man says that he has no one to help him enter the pool and someone else always beats him to the water
• Jesus tells him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." (v.8).
• Immediately the man is healed and he takes up his bed and walks (v.9).
• These things happened on the Sabbath day (v.9).
The Man Who was Healed is Questioned by the Jews (vv.
• The Jews tell the man that it is not lawful to carry his bed on the Sabbath day
• The man says that the one who healed him told him to take up his bed (v.11).
• The Jews want to know who healed him but he does not know (vv.12,13).
Jesus Introduces Himself to the Formerly Impotent Man
• Jesus finds the man in the temple and tells him to sin no more lest a worse thing comes unto him
• This man then reports to the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him (v.15).
• Because of this report the Jews persecuted Jesus and sought to slay him because He had healed this man on the Sabbath.
Jesus answers for Himself
• When Jesus says, "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." He further inflame the Jews because that is seen as Him making Himself equal with God
• Jesus lists several different aspects of His relationship with the Father:
1. The Son can do nothing of Himself except the things He sees the Father do (v.19).
2. The Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He doeth. He will also show greater things that they may marvel
3. As the Father quickens the dead, the Son of Man quickeneth whom He will (v.21).
4. The Father judgeth no man but commits all judgment to the Son (v.22).
5. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father (v.23).
• He that:
1. Heareth Jesus' word.
2. And believeth on the Father,
3. Hath everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation.
4. But is passed from death unto life (v.24).
• When the dead hear the voice of the Son of God, they shall live (v.25).
• Jesus was given authority to execute judgment because He was the Son of Man.
• The hour is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear Jesus' voice
1. Those that have done good to the resurrection of life.
2. Those that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation (v.29).
Witnesses of Christ
• If Christ bears witness of Himself, His witness is not true (v.31).
• Three witnesses for Christ (vv.32-38).
1. John the Baptist
a. He bore witness to the truth (v.33).
b. He was a burning and shining light and they were willing for a season to rejoice in that light
2. The works that Christ did (v.36).
a. They bear witness that the Father had sent Him.
3. The Father Himself (vv.37-38).
a. They had neither heard His voice or seen His shape (v.37).
b. His word was not abiding in them because they did not believe in the one whom He sent.
• The Jews thought that they had life in the Scriptures and they actually testified of Christ. He tells them to Search the
• Jesus says that He had come in His Father's name and they did not honor Him. If someone were to come in his own name, they would honor him
• Christ says that He won't accuse them before the Father. Moses will. If they had believed Moses, they would have believed in Christ
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Q1. (A) Why did Jesus go to Jerusalem in this chapter?
Q2. (A) What were three witnesses of Christ mentioned in this chapter?
Q3. (A) What was the name of the pool where the impotent man was laying?
Q4. (A) What day of the week was the impotent man healed?
Q5. (A) According to Christ, who would accuse the Jews before the Father?
Q6. (A) Why did the Jews seek to kill Jesus in the chapter?
Q7. (A) One's who have done good will come forth unto the resurrection of
_____ and those who have done evil will come forth unto the resurrection of
Q8. (A) Where was Jesus when He told the formerly impotent man to sin no more?
A1. (Q) Why did Jesus go to Jerusalem in this chapter?
• There was a feast of the Jews.
A2. (Q) What were three witnesses of Christ mentioned in this chapter?
• John the Baptist
• "The works which the Father hath given me to finish"
• The Father himself
A3. (Q) What was the name of the pool where the impotent man was laying?
A4. (Q) What day of the week was the impotent man healed?
• The Sabbath (remember, though Saturday is "correct", the text says
A5. (Q) According to Christ, who would accuse the Jews before the Father?
• "even Moses, in whom ye trust"
A6. (Q) Why did the Jews seek to kill Jesus in the chapter?
• "because he had done these things on the Sabbath day".
• "because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was
his Father, making himself equal with God".
A7. (Q) One's who have done good will come forth unto the resurrection of
life and those who have done evil will come forth unto the resurrection of
A8. (Q) Where was Jesus when He told the formerly impotent man to sin no more?
• "Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple"