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Dave Burnette's Commentary

John Chapter 5 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (85-90 AD)
Overview: Eternal Life is in Jesus-Christ Alone (c 1-21)
Theme:  Message & Ministry of Jesus Christ, The Son of God (c 1-2)
Message: Jesus Claims His Divinity  (v 1-47)

John 5 Commentary

(5:1-15) Jesus Heals a Lame Man By a Pool - God gives salvation freely through Jesus Christ. But to receive salvation, a person must believe. The lame man by the pool at Bethesda had to want to be healed. Then Jesus approached him later to explain to him that he needed to believe and receive spiritual healing as well. God makes the offer and God performs the miracle, but we must respond to his offer and accept it.

(5:16-30) Jesus Claims to Be the Son of God - The Jewish leaders were faced with a mighty miracle of healing and a broken rule. They threw the miracle aside as they focused their attention on the broken rule. As is common with those who assume authority that is not rightfully theirs, these leaders instinctively felt their power threatened by Jesus’ actions, thus they resented him.

(5:31-47) Jesus Supports His Claim - Jesus claimed to be equal with God (5:18), to give eternal life (5:24), to be the source of life (5:26), and to judge sin (5:27). These statements make it clear that Jesus claimed to be divine—an almost unbelievable claim. So he called upon several witnesses to his divine being: (1) John the Baptist (5:33-35), (2) Jesus’ works (5:36), (3) the Father himself (5:37), (4) the Scriptures (5:39-40), and (5) Moses (5:45-47). Any of these witnesses should have been enough, but together they supplied a compelling testimony to Jesus’ claims. But many of the ones listening to Jesus were examples of how a hard heart can nullify even the most powerful argum  


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Jesus Exhibits His Love Toward You

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of John with Chapter 5. In our text today we see Jesus healing the lame man, Claims to be God's Son, and then supports His claim. In making application we see that God loves you and takes time to explain who He is, then He exhibits His love by performing miracles, forgiving sinners, and makes a way for all to be saved by His work on Calvary. How about you? Do you see how much God loves you? Let us learn from our text today as John records the words of Jesus as He claims to be not only Deity in this book, but the Son of God, and then exhibits His love toward us for us by performing miracles and in the chapters ahead providing a way for us at Calvary   


John 5 

John 5

 1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

 2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

 3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

 4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

 5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

 6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

 7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

 8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

 9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

 10The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

 11He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

 12Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

 13And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

 14Afterward 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.

 15The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

 16And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

 17But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

 18Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

 19Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

 20For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

 21For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.

 22For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:

 23That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

 24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 25Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

 26For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

 27And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

 28Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

 29And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

 30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

 31If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.

 32There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.

 33Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.

 34But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.

 35He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.

 36But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

 37And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

 38And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

 39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

 40And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.

 41I receive not honour from men.

 42But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.

 43I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

 44How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?

 45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.

 46For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.

 47But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?