John 5:31-47 Testimonials regarding Jesus’ identity…

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymn –

‘May the Mind of Christ My Saviour’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE5fOXSymBc 

A Word in your ear

John 5:31-47 Testimonials regarding Jesus’ identity…

31 “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not valid. 

By law, claims had to be supported by 2 or 3 witnesses.

A). The testimony of John:- noted by Jesus only so that some might believe and be saved – not because He needed John’s testimonial. (See John 3:22-36).

32 But there is someone else testifying on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he is making is valid — 33 you have sent to Yochanan, (John), and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I collect human testimony; rather, I say these things so that you might be saved. 35 He was a lamp burning and shining, and for a little while, you were willing to bask in his light.

B). The testimony of the signs and wonders of the miracles…

36 “But I have a testimony that is greater than Yochanan’s (John’s). For the things the Father has given me to do, the very things I am doing now, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.

C). The testimony of His Father, God.

37 “In addition, the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice or seen his shape; 38 moreover, his word does not stay in you, because you don’t trust the one he sent. 39 You keep examining the Tanakh (Scriptures) because you think that in it you have eternal life. Those very Scriptures bear witness to me, 40 but you won’t come to me in order to have life!

Point C ctd.) God affirmed Jesus publicly at His baptism…

41 “I don’t collect praise from men, 42 but I do know you people — I know that you have no love for God in you! 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you don’t accept me; if someone else comes in his own name, him you will accept. 

44 How can you trust? You’re busy collecting praise from each other, instead of seeking praise from God only.

D). Lastly, the testimony of Moses, (their own mentor,) will one day accuse them.

45 “But don’t think that it is I who will be your accuser before the Father. 

Do you know who will accuse you?

Moshe, (Moses) …the very one you have counted on! 

46 For if you really believed Moshe, (Moses) you would believe me; because it was about me that he wrote. 

47 But if you don’t believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” (Acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible).

—-Summary

They believed the Word of God to point them to the Person who they must put their trust in as the Messiah.

When they do find someone, Jesus’ accusers only accept one of their own from the world. Because they are worldly, they belong to the world.  They don’t seek after God at all.

  • Today’s Verse…

Who is Jesus? John 5:37 

“… the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf…”

  • Today’s Challenge

Even King David in the ‘Old Testament’ testified to the Son of God, (Psalm 2:7 & 12), without the benefit of hindsight which we have!

When was the last time you testified to the Son of God?

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4O_8DBj99s

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 5:16-30 The Authority of the Son 

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying Psalm 23 sung by Cliff Richard at this link… 

A Word in your ear

John 5:15-30 The Authority of the Son 

John 5: 15 The man went off and told the Judeans it was Yeshua who had healed him; 16 and on account of this, the Judeans began harassing Yeshua because he did these things on Shabbat (Sabbath). 17 But he answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I too am working.”

Continuing where we left off, remember Jesus had just healed a man on the Sabbath…

Jesus could only have healed the man with God’s approval, so that answer made the leaders even angrier, as Jesus was showing them up. 

What’s more, Deuteronomy 22:4 & Exodus 23:4 allows for aid to be given to those in distress, including animals. 

18 This answer made the Judeans all the more intent on killing him — not only was he breaking Shabbat (Sabbath); but also, by saying that God was his own Father, he was claiming equality with God.

Jesus wasn’t breaking the law of Moses – only the religious leaders own Talmudic text. (Cf. today ‘Sabbath lifts’ in hotels.

Paul says in Galatians 4:10 & Col. 2:16. 

19 Therefore, Yeshua (Jesus) said this to them: “Yes, indeed! I tell you that the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; whatever the Father does, the Son does too. 

Jesus can only do what He does by walking in step with the Father, who works through Him. So these judges are criticizing God the Father. 

20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does; and he will show him even greater things than these, so that you will be amazed. 

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet!’ 

21 Just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, so too the Son makes alive anyone he wants. 

Father & Son will raise beings from the dead.

22 The Father does not judge anyone but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father. Whoever fails to honor the Son is not honoring the Father who sent him. 

It is the Son who will be the judge. 

24 Yes, indeed! I tell you that whoever hears what I am saying and trusts the One who sent me has eternal life — that is, he will not come up for judgment but has already crossed over from death to life! 

It is by going on believing in Jesus that we will be saved.

25 Yes, indeed! I tell you that there is coming a time — in fact, it’s already here — when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will come to life. 

A time is coming when the souls of the dead will hear Jesus’ voice and be given physical life again – for the judgment.

26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has given the Son life to have in himself. 

The Son also has inherent life in Himself -just like the Father. 

27 Also he has given him authority to execute judgment because he is the Son of Man. 

It is God who gave the Son the right to judge. He became man and qualified to be the judge. 

28 Don’t be surprised at this; because the time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice 29 and come out — those who have done good to a resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to a resurrection of judgment. 

The ‘good’ to eternal life, and the unclean to judgment. (The Biblical definition of ‘good’ being ‘righteous’. We only become ‘good’ when washed in the blood of the Lamb/Ram, and God imparts to us His righteousness.

30 I can’t do a thing on my own. As I hear, I judge; and my judgment is right; because I don’t seek my own desire, but the desire of the one who sent me. (Complete Jewish Bible).

—-Summary

Jesus was Divine but still only did and said what His Father in heaven wanted. He is the example we must follow – which God provides the Holy Spirit for. The miracles Jesus did proved God was with Him. The religious leaders were jealous of the following Jesus had. They were not like John the Baptist who pointed people to the Messiah…

  • Today’s Verse…

Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? John 5:21

Just as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive, so too the Son makes alive anyone he wants. 

  • Today’s Challenge – Study!

1 Peter 3:19-20. Jesus spent the time He was buried, in the place of departed spirits, preaching! (And some listened-Matthew 27:52).

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. Trumpets announce Jesus’ coming when we are raptured to meet Him in the air…

Romans 8:11-13. God at work…

Revelation 20:4-5 The millennium.

Revelation 20: 12-15. The judgment.

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Other prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 5:1-15 A healing on the Sabbath…

Give God Time.

  • Prayer and Praise.

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying the hymn Great is thy faithfulness… at this link… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKIqmdfHSk.

A Word in your ear. 

John 5:1-15 A healing on the Sabbath… 

SCENE ONE:- The Healing at the Pool. (The 3rd ‘Godlike’ miracle.)

John 5:1 After this, there was a Judean festival; and Yeshua (Jesus) went up to Yerushalayim. 

The time came for the next religious festival in the Jewish calendar – so Jesus returned to Jerusalem, as He was an observant Jew. He had just returned from the Passover mentioned in John 2:13 and this was the next in line – which is the Feast of Weeks – celebrating the giving of the law on Mt Sinaii, which in the western calendar (sun calendar) falls halfway between May and mid-June. (The difference is because Jews use a moon calendar.)

2 In Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), by the Sheep Gate, is a pool called in Aramaic, Beit-Zata, (Bethsaida) 3 in which lay a crowd of invalids — blind, lame, crippled. 4 (* see below.)

* John 5:4 Some manuscripts add verses 3b–4 not included in the original. 

3b “. . . , waiting for the water to move; 4 for at certain times an angel of Adonai went down into the pool and disturbed the water, and whoever stepped into the water first after it was disturbed was healed of whatever disease he had.”

This pool was surrounded by five columns and a roof, called Solomons Colonnade. 

5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 Yeshua (Jesus), seeing this man and knowing that he had been there a long time, said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 

7 The sick man answered, “I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I’m trying to get there, someone goes in ahead of me.” 

8 Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!”

9 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and walked.

The invalid in this story had been there 38 years. Jesus felt compassion for a man whose life had been wasted sitting crippled and begging. Being crippled meant they could rely on public donations and hence the question in v.6. At first, the man thought Jesus was offering to help him into the pool. Jesus simply says, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!” Simple as that! This was the third ‘God-like’ miracle John witnessed. 

   b.) SCENE TWO:- Healing on the Sabbath…

Now that day was Shabbat (Sabbath), 10 so the Judeans (Jerusalem Jews) said to the man who had been healed, “It’s Shabbat! (Sabbath!) It’s against Torah (law) for you to carry your mat!” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me — he’s the one who told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” 

12 They asked him, “Who is the man who told you to pick it up and walk?” 

13 But the man who had been healed didn’t know who it was, because Yeshua (Jesus) had slipped away into the crowd.

No sight of ‘high fives’ from these religious leaders! Their man-made rules (the ‘Hadith’), had been broken in order to help a man. These leaders recognised the man but had never helped him, v.7. All they could say was, ‘Who said you could carry your mat on the Sabbath?’ 

14 Afterwards Yeshua (Jesus) found him in the Temple court and said to him, “See, you are well! Now stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you!” 

The man was at the temple – which a law required of any who had been healed, to give thanks to God and for the healing to recognized by the priests as a miracle of God. Note that Jesus was again at the temple, and saw the man, and told him to stop sinning before something worse happens to him, (hell). (NB Jesus said the same thing to the woman caught in adultery.) 

15 The man went off and told the Judeans (Jerusalem Jews)  it was Yeshua (Jesus) who had healed him; 16 and on account of this, the Judeans (Jerusalem Jews) began harassing Yeshua (Jesus) because he did these things on Shabbat (Sabbath).

(With acknowledgements to the Complete Jewish Bible.)

Today’s Challenge

Note the control the religious leaders had over people… The man in this story feared the religious leaders so much, he went and told them that it was Jesus who told him to pick up his bed and go home. (The religious leaders followed the ‘Hadiths’ which are the teachings of other religious leaders.) The man feared the religious men more than God even though it was Jesus who had just healed him, and not the religious men. Jesus said, ‘Whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.’ Matthew 10:30. 

Are you like this man who feared religious leaders more than God?

What do you do to ensure you obey God rather than men?

It is crucial to read the Bible for ourselves to see what God wants. God provided the Bible for that purpose. Then don’t let others detract you from God’s will.

Memory verse. John 5:8-9 Who is Jesus?

John 5:8-9 Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat and walk!” 9 Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and walked.

Worship and Prayer. 

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 4:43-54 Jesus heals from a distance;- (His 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle.)

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying along with this hymnO for a thousand tongues to sing…

A Word in your ear

John 4:43-54 Jesus heals from a distance:-

(His 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle).

43 After the two days, he went on from there toward the Galil (Galilee). 

Jesus had just spent two days in Samaria, where He had found far more faith than existed amongst the Jews – who themselves rejected the Samaritans. 

44 Now Yeshua (Jesus) himself said, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 

Jesus coined the phrase here, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 

45 But when he arrived in the Galil (Galilee), the people there welcomed him, because they had seen all he had done at the festival in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem); since they had been there too.

Note the huge difference in welcome between the Jews in Jerusalem and those in the northern part of Israel, in Galilee. (Cf. John 2:12-25).

46 He went again to Kanah (Cana) in the Galil (Galilee), where he had turned the water into wine. 

An officer in the royal service was there; his son was ill in K’far-Nachum (Capernaum). 47 This man, on hearing that Yeshua (Jesus) had come from Y’hudah (Judah) to the Galil (Galilee), went and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48 Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Unless you people see signs and miracles, you simply will not trust!” 

Jesus tested the man, to see his motives. 

49 The officer said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 

The man was in earnest, and continued to beg for help.

50 Yeshua (Jesus) replied, “You may go, your son is alive.” The man believed what Yeshua (Jesus) said and left. 

God always hears a cry for mercy. In this instance, Jesus healed the son remotely. 

51 As he was going down, his servants met him with the news that his son was alive. 52 So he asked them at what time he had gotten better; and they said, “The fever left him yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon.” 53 The father knew that that was the very hour when Yeshua (Jesus) had told him, “Your son is alive”; and he and all his household trusted. 

The end result? ‘All his household trusted’.

54 This was a second sign that Yeshua did; he did it after he had come from Y’hudah (Judah) into the Galil (Galilee).

This was the 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle which John witnessed Jesus doing. (John 2:1-11 – the water into wine being the first.)

—-Summary

This was the 2nd ‘Godlike’ miracle which John witnessed Jesus doing. (John 2:1-11 – the water into wine being the first.)

  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? John 4: 44; Now Yeshua (Jesus) himself said, “A prophet is not respected in his own country.” 

Today’s Challenge

A Roman official believed that Jesus could heal his son even from far away. Jesus was touched by the faith of a man who was not even a Jew… He healed the son because of his faith.  Do you have the faith in Jesus that this Gentile army officer had? 

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11). Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)

2, The ‘suffering church.’https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates

3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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John 4:27-42 The Samaritan Woman (part 3) Gossiping the Gospel.

Give God Time

Prayer and Praise

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40, so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn 

Alleluia! He is coming!

A Word in your ear

John 4:27-42 The Samaritan Woman (part 3) Gossiping the Gospel.

27 Just then, his talmidim (disciples) arrived. They had returned from a trip into town to buy food. They were amazed that he was talking with a woman; but none of them said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”  

Jewish religious leaders had forbidden Jews to talk to Samaritans.  It was also the culture that men didn’t speak to women who were strangers.

28 So the woman left her water-jar, went back to the town and said to the people there, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I’ve ever done. Could it be that this is the Messiah?” 

30 They left the town and began coming toward him.

The Samaritan woman puts us to shame…she immediately ‘gossiped the Gospel.’ She was in such a hurry to tell her town about Jesus, she left her water jar behind!

31 Meanwhile, the talmidim (disciples) were urging Yeshua (Jesus), “Rabbi, eat something.” 

32 But he answered, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.” 

33 At this, the talmidim (disciples) asked one another, “Could someone have brought him food?” 

They had gone off to get food and Jesus didn’t even want it! 

34 Yeshua said to them, “My food is to do what the one who sent me wants and to bring his work to completion. 

35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘Four more months and then the harvest’? Well, what I say to you is: open your eyes and look at the fields! They’re already ripe for harvest! 

Souls are the crop and they are ready and waiting to be brought into the kingdom, just like wheat or barley is harvested into a barn. 

36 The one who reaps receives his wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the reaper and the sower may be glad together — 

Those who are truly God’s workers will be rewarded in heaven. 

37 for in this matter, the proverb, ‘One sows and another reaps,’ holds true. 38 I sent you to reap what you haven’t worked for. Others have done the hard labor, and you have benefited from their work.”

39 Many people from that town in Shomron (Samaria) put their trust in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all the things I did.” 

40 So when these people from Shomron (Samaria) came to him, they asked him to stay with them. He stayed two days, 41 and many more came to trust because of what he said. 

Jesus stayed in Samaria for 2 days which was the religious leaders had put out of bounds for Jews. If you didn’t obey them, they could trespass you from the temple. 

42 They said to the woman, “We no longer trust because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

—Summary:- Her personal testimony resulted in a BIG HARVEST! (Compare v. 37-38 with 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 KJV. Paul said ‘I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth, but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour’.)

  • Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? 

John 4:42 They said to the woman, “We no longer trust because of what you said, because we have heard for ourselves. We know indeed that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

  • Today’s Challenge

The Samaritan lady had only just met Jesus and become an evangelist the same afternoon! What’s our excuse? 

Prayer and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. 

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

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