What Jesus Did! 'You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me' — John 5:10-13

Monday, March 31, 2014

So some Jews said to the man that had been healed, "Today is the Sabbath. It is against our law for you to carry your bed on the Sabbath day." But the man answered, "The person (Jesus) that made me well told me, 'Pick up your bed and walk.'" The Jews asked the man, "Who is the person that told you to pick up your bed and walk?" But the man that had been healed did not know who the person was. There were many people in that place, and Jesus had left.
— John 5:10-13
Illustration of John 5:10-13 — "Who is the person that told you to pick up your bed and walk?"

Key Thought

You don't know who healed you? You've been trying to get into the pool all these years and now that you are healed you don't know the name of the person who did it? Didn't you ask? Was it irrelevant to you? Even more, you want to blame him for your actions on the Sabbath? Come on, that's not the way other folks acted when Jesus healed them. Yes, Jesus did slip away in the crowd, but how did this man let that happen without finding out who he was? Here is a man who doesn't want to take responsibility or go out on a limb for anyone or anything. Here is a man with potentially a far greater testimony than the woman at the well (John 4) and instead of sharing his story with others, he's still trying to dodge responsibility. "It's not my fault ... I don't know ...." And when he does finally learn the name of his healer, instead of saying "Thank you!" he turns him in to the authorities. How sad! Which brings to mind one crucial question for us: Who or what am I in this "Jesus thing" for? Myself and what I want or my Lord and what he wills?

Today's Prayer

Cleanse my heart, O God, and teach me to love what you love and despise what you despise. Give me a heart to tell your story of grace in my life so others can know that Jesus is the one who has healed me through and through. I pray in his mighty name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Later Jesus went to Jerusalem for a special Jewish festival. In Jerusalem there is a pool with five covered porches. In the Jewish language it is called Bethzatha. This pool is near the Sheep Gate. Many sick people were lying on the porches {beside the pool}. Some of the people were blind, some were crippled, and some were paralyzed. There was a man lying there who had been sick for 38 years. Jesus saw the man lying there. Jesus knew that the man had been sick for a very long time. So Jesus asked the man, "Do you want to be well?" The sick man answered, "Sir, there is no person to help me get into the water when the water starts moving. I try to be the first person into the water. But when I try, another person always goes in before I can." Then Jesus said, "Stand up! Pick up your bed and walk." Then immediately the man was well. The man picked up his bed and started walking. The day all this happened was a Sabbath day. So some Jews said to the man that had been healed, "Today is the Sabbath. It is against our law for you to carry your bed on the Sabbath day." But the man answered, "The person (Jesus) that made me well told me, 'Pick up your bed and walk.'" The Jews asked the man, "Who is the person that told you to pick up your bed and walk?" But the man that had been healed did not know who the person was. There were many people in that place, and Jesus had left. Later Jesus found the man at the temple. Jesus said to him, "See, you are well now. But stop sinning or something worse may happen to you!" Then the man left and went back to those Jews. The man told them that Jesus was the one that made him well.

John 5:1-15

Related Scripture Readings

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Tell the people of Israel this: 'You must follow the rules about my special days of rest. You must do this because they will be a sign between you and me for all generations. This will show you that I, the Lord, have made you my special people. "'Make the Sabbath a special day. If a person treats the Sabbath like any other day, then that person must be killed. Any person who works on the Sabbath day must be cut off (separated) from his people. There are six other days in the week for working. But the seventh day is a very special day of rest. That is the special day to honor the Lord. Any person who works during the Sabbath must be killed. The people of Israel must remember the Sabbath and make it a special day. They must continue to do this forever. It is an agreement between them and me that will continue forever. The Sabbath will be a sign between me and the people of Israel forever. The Lord worked six days and made heaven and earth. And on the seventh day he rested and relaxed.'"

Exodus 31:12-17

"You must keep the Sabbath a special day like the Lord your God commanded. Work at your job six days a week. But the seventh day is a day of rest in honor of the Lord your God. So on that day no person should work—not you, your sons and daughters, foreigners living in your cities or your men and women slaves. Not even your cows, donkeys, and other animals should do any work! Your slaves should be able to rest just like you. Don't forget that you were slaves in the land of Egypt. The Lord your God brought you out of Egypt with his great power. He made you free. That is why the Lord your God commands you to always make the Sabbath a special day.

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

On a Sabbath day, Jesus went to the home of a leading Pharisee to eat with him. The people there were all watching Jesus very closely. A man with a bad disease was put before Jesus. Jesus said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "Is it right or wrong to heal on the Sabbath day?" But they would not answer his question. So Jesus took the man and healed him. Then Jesus sent the man away. Jesus said to the Pharisees and teachers of the law, "If your son or work animal falls into a well on the Sabbath day, you know you would pull him out quickly." The Pharisees and teachers of the law could say nothing against what Jesus said.

Luke 14:1-6

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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