Jesus – God’s Son – Part 2

John tells us in his Gospel that Jesus is the Living Word, eternal and divine. It was through Jesus that everything was created. Jesus is the source of life and light for all people everywhere.

John and the other disciples have seen the glory of God in the life of Jesus. He revealed His glory in the signs He performed; showing He does the work of the Father, but it is also seen in His obedience to His Father and His sacrificial love for the world.

The first part of the Gospel tells of the great signs that Jesus performs. By these signs (the other Gospels would call them miracles) Jesus shows that He is truly the Son of God. His signs, point directly to the Father.

The Third Sign: Jesus Heals a Man at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15)

Jesus is in Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts. John doesn’t tell us which feast it is.

Near the Sheep Gate, which is in the north wall of the city, there is a pool where people go to seek healing. From time to time there is a movement of the waters—perhaps caused by an underground spring. However, the people believe the stirring is the work of an angel, and that the first person to get in the pool when it happens will be healed.

Jesus stops to talk to one of the men who has been an invalid for thirty-eight years. He asks him a very direct question: “Do you want to get well?” Perhaps it suits the man to sit in the shade and watch the world go by, while others carry him back and forth and supply him with food and drink!

However, the man doesn’t actually say if he wants to get well or not. Instead he complains that he has no one to help him into the pool when it is stirred. Someone else always gets there first—and so the years have just gone by.

Jesus cuts straight through the pathetic superstition and half-baked excuses. He appeals directly to the man’s faith: “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Amazingly, after all these years, the man is instantly and completely cured. As he walks through Jerusalem, the healed man is soon in trouble again. According to the Pharisees who see him, he is breaking the Law. It is the sabbath, and he is carrying his mat! When the authorities accuse him of working on the sabbath, the man adopts his usual attitude, which seems to be, blaming someone else. Someone had just healed him and told him to carry his mat, so that’s what he’s doing. He’s just obeying the orders of the one who healed him. He explains that he doesn’t know the fellow’s name and it’s not his fault he’s obeying the orders given.

When Jesus comes across the man again, He warns him to change his inner, heart attitude. But the man merely reports Jesus to the authorities when they approach him for further investigation.

The Fourth Sign: Jesus Feeds 5,000 People (John 6:1-15)

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Jesus is at the height of His popularity in Galilee. The other three Gospel writers cover this period in greater detail. Jesus is pursued by large crowds who want to see Him perform miracles. He finds it hard to make time to teach His disciples as He is used to doing.

One day Jesus and His disciples are discovered by a huge crowd. Mark tells us that Jesus taught them until late in the day, and when Jesus was finished, He had compassion on them, so in essence, there was then the problem of how to feed all the people. John tells us that it is Andrew, the master of introductions, who brings forward a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish. As the disciples get the people to sit down in an orderly fashion according to Jesus’ instructions, Jesus thanks God for the food, breaks it and distributes it among the crowd. By an extraordinary miracle, there is not only enough food for everyone, but a considerable surplus. This is a day of plenty—a Messiah’s banquet in the wilderness.

This is the only miracle that is recorded in all four Gospels. It is the boldest and most public of the signs that Jesus performs. The people think of the days of Moses, the supply of manna and the promise that one day a prophet will appear. Is this God’s moment for the Jews to rise up in rebellion? Five thousand men plus women and children were fed with what seemed to be unlimited food! They see Jesus not as a Messiah meeting hunger, but as a king bringing victory. Jesus discerns and realizes that the crowd wants to make Him king, so He retreats further into the mountains.

The Fifth Sign: Jesus Walks on the Water (John 6:16-21)

The disciples take a boat to Capernaum without Jesus. As they are going along, night falls and the wind starts to whip up the waves on the lake. As they struggle with the wind and the waves, Jesus terrifies them by walking towards them on the water. Mark says in his Gospel that they think He is a ghost, but Jesus reassures them and only when they heard His voice did they receive Him into the boat. John states at that point they suddenly came safely to land.

John has stopped numbering the “signs” that Jesus performs, but this is the fifth. By it Jesus shows that he is the Lord of the winds and waves. By this sign He enacted the words of a psalm:

They were glad when it grew calm
and he guided them to their desired haven.
Psalm 107:30

To Be Continued

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Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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