Bible Study John Chapter 5 Verses 11-21
John 5:11 – And he answered them, He that made me whole the same said unto me Take up thy bed and walk. The Pharisees were angry with the man because he was carrying his bed according to their law he wasn’t to work that included carrying furniture. The man justified himself of what he was doing by informing them who had made him whole instructed him to take up his bed and walk. It was not done to contempt of the law or the Sabbath.
John 5:12 – Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Tak up thy bed and walk? The Jews inquired further, who was the man that gave him this authority. According to their thinking, this was not a man of God, someone who would go against the law of the Sabbath, who would dare to do such a thing? Even in today’s time, there may be people who come searching for God and they may not dress or look according to the standards of the church dress attire but they are seeking God. And that Phariseesial spirit will condemn them of their dress attire and the tattoos rather than encouraging them to continue to come and seek the Lord and allow the Holy Spirit to introduce them in how to dress as a Christian. Many times, Christian’s actions be that of the Pharisees rather than looking into what’s the will of God in the particular situation. Would it be more important for the person to dress in the attire the church people want and lose sight on God? Would it be better for them to loose their life spiritually because they have tattoos? The church doesn’t want them to be a member because they wouldn’t look like a Christians having their body marked with tattoos. What they are wearing maybe all that they have, and the tattoos they have can’t be removed easily, but the Bible have instructed us to come as we are, who are we to say who can enter the kingdom no matter what’s going on with their dress or their body?
John 5:13 – And he that was healed wist [knew] not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed [withdrawn] himself away, a multitude being in that place. The man couldn’t give an account of who it was, he wasn’t aware that it was Jesus who healed him. It’s not mentioned why Jesus withdrew Himself, it could have been He didn’t want the attention or having to be confronted by the Pharisees as breaking the law.
John 5:14 – Afterward 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. When Jesus found the man he was in the temple so most likely he was at the temple showing his appreciation to God for his healing. Secondly, the man knew within himself he was healed spiritually for he informed the Pharisees he was made whole, so he was aware that he had been healed both physically and spiritually. Now, Jesus is making a confirmation of his healing and instructing him he has been made whole and to discontinue his sin, if not, something worse would come to him. So this indicates this man’s infirmity came from sinful actions for him to be instructed not to continue in his sins.
John 5;15 – The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. After communicating with Jesus in the Temple, he now knows that it was Jesus who had healed him and informed the Jews that it was Jesus who healed him.
John 5:16 – And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day. It was more to their hostility towards Jesus other than Him healing a man on the Sabbath day. Most likely the wide spread of Jesus performing miracles in Cana of Galilee turning the water into wine, in Jerusalem many believed in His name when they saw the miracles He performed. Jesus ministered to Nicodemus who was a ruler of the Jews explaining to him the new birth. He and His disciples went to Judea and His disciples baptized. Then Jesus had delivered a Samaritan woman from her sins and other Samaritans believed that He was the Savior of the world. He healed a nobleman’s son who was sick in Capernaum, so word had gotten around about Jesus performing miracles and the Pharisees didn’t like the attention He was receiving.
John 5:17 – But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Here He claims not only a unique relationship with God the Father but also equality with God in nature. Since God continually does good works without allowing Himself to stop on the Sabbath, the Son does likewise, since He is equal with God, and by saying this, the Jews knew He was saying He was the Son of God.
John 5:18 – Therefore 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. Jesus’ confession of being the Son of God was an outrage to the Jews, although the Scriptures had spoken of His coming throughout the Old Testament, but when He came, His own didn’t receive Him.
John 5:19 – Then 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. Jesus is indicating that actions by the Son apart from the Father are impossible because of the unity of the Father and Son “Whatever He does, the Son also does” is a claim of deity and unity with the Father. He didn’t do anything different than the Father but He did everything exactly like the Father, making Him like the Father.
John 5:20 – For the Father loveth the Son and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. Because the Father loves the Son, He reveals all to Him. The Father would show the Son greater works than the healing of the man with the infirmity of sickness; Jesus would raise the dead both physically and spiritually. All that the Son does is directed by God. Not only would Jesus raise the dead but He should be raised from the dead.
John 5:21 – For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth [gives life] them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. As God raises people from the dead and gives them life, so Jesus gives people spiritual life. Jesus is claiming the same power as God, thus claiming that He is equal with God. “Whom He will” indicates, Jesus has been given the authority and power by God to raise whom He desire to give life as with the man waiting at the pool of Bethesda, there were many other people there that were in need of healing, but Jesus healed the man who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years according to His will.