River Rock Baptist Church
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
All To The Glory of God

John Lesson #16

 
John Lesson #16

 

John 5:1-9

 
 

Living the Christian life isn't hard. It's impossible. Only thru Christ can the impossible happen. The paralyzed man in our text was powerless, helpless, and hopeless for 38 years.

 
That was part 1: The Picture of a Sinner.
 
Pt. 2: The Power of the Savior.
 

 

1.     What He sees.

v. 6 "Jesus saw...and knew"
He knows everything. Don't cover it up...don't kid yourself.
 

Jesus can see the inside, what you are thinking/feeling.

2:23-25   Here's a group who wants to follow the Lord, but Jesus doesn't commit Himself to them. They believed in Jesus, but Jesus did not believe in them. Why not? Because He looked inside their hearts and saw that they were only following Him because of the miracles that He did. They weren't ready to commit for real. They were seeking the sensational and their own desires. 

 

'Believe' and 'commit' are synonymous in Bible terms. Warren Wiersbe calls these in our text 'unsaved believers.' It's one thing to respond to a miracle, and another thing to believe on Jesus Christ. These were 'miracle mongers', with no commitment.

        And America is full of churches with unsaved believers!

 

Remember the parable of the sower? Only 25% of the seed 'took'. As for much of the other 75%, something stirred them, but they had no depth of earth.

 

Jesus could see right through them, just as He could look right inside of Peter [1:42] and said 'thou art Simon' and 'thou shalt be' a stone [Cephas]. There's a period of time between the two.  I thank God for that period of time as God works on us to make us who we are supposed to be. We should have patience with one another through those times as well. Now, if you don't let God work on you, you end up a gray headed baby, spiritually.

 

God sees me not for who I am, but for my potential, and He doesn't throw the clay away...He continues molding and shaping. When God saved you He didn't just see you as the filthy sinner you 'were'...He saw the 'thou shalt be!'

 

So, when someone doesn't like who you are, ask them to be patient, because God's not finished w/ you yet! "He's still workin' on me."

 

Jesus saw inside of Nathaniel in 1:47. [prejudice]

 

He saw inside the woman at the well.

 

5:42        Talking to the hypocritical Jewish leaders. It would be wrong for us to make such an assertion because we cannot see the heart. But Jesus can! We have a Savior who sees!

 
6:64        About Judas, knowing in advance he would betray Him.
 

8:10-11   'Go and sin no more?' How could Jesus let this adulteress off the hook so easily? He saw her heart, that she was sincerely repentant.

        How many are glad that if you are sincere in your repentance and belief on Jesus that He won't throw the book at you but will 'let you off the hook'?

 

8:40        His enemies. He knew that they had murder in their heart, though they had not yet vocalized that. God sees the heart.

 

We can make the outside look pretty good. Imagine if we put that much effort into the inside!

 

Let's quit pretending to be something we are not. Let's be honest with ourselves, w/ others, and with God, who sees!

 

Jesus sees inside, knows your problems, and the solutions. He knows your malady AND your cure!

 

I'm glad that even though I'm often as dumb as a box of rocks and sometimes it seems I can't make a good decision to save my life - my Jesus can look down and say, "Well, at least he's sincere. He's a dumb sheep but his heart is right."

 

"Jesus knows all about our struggles."

 

"No one understands like Jesus. Every woe He sees and feels.

Tenderly He whispers comfort. Every broken heart He heals."
 
what He sees...
 

 

2.     What He searches.

6b    "Wilt thou be made whole?" Duh! Seems like a ridiculous question. But fact is, some folks don't want to get well. Some don't know they are sick. Some do and yet don't care!

 

Physically, some always WANT to be sick.

 

In America today I think there are many who, if Jesus approached them would say, "Don't touch me...I'm drawing disability!"

 

Let me just say that if you are messed up spiritually and don't want to change, you don't know what you're missing.

 

"Will you be made whole?" You have a free will. God may 'move' you, but He will not 'mug' you!

        He respects your free will so much that He not only will allow you to follow sin...He'll allow you to follow it all the way to hell if you choose.

 
A Savior who sees, and searches...
 

 

3.     What He says.

v. 8 

Rise = something he couldn't do before.

take up thy bed = no safety net / no plans for relapse.

walk = start taking care of yourself. 

 

These were 3 things he couldn't do before...because God's commandments are God's enablements! God will not command you to do something that you can't do w/ His help. 

 
Salvation was immediate

v. 9 It happens in an instant. It's not a process. It happens the second you believe.

 
He made it public
v. 15        It's a good indication that you are serious!
 

Rise up, overcome! Take up your bed...make no plans for failure. Walk! Walk in the Lord's paths this week.