Jesus’ healing of the man by the pool is an act of love, but also a challenge to two forms of false thinking – superstition regarding a magic pool and the hard hearted application of Sabbath law. The lame man needed to trust Jesus for a new body and to reject the censure of those who insulted him for carrying a mat on the Sabbath. Both problems pertain to us. Will we receive what the Lord offers and refuse to be ‘man-pleasers’ as we follow Him?
John's gospel differs from the other three. He records fewer incidents, includes no parables, and has only brief reference to Jesus' ministry in Galilee. However, the stories John does tell of Jesus' encounters with those in need, those he loves, and even those who are his enemies are usually richer in detail and often reflect on what an event means in addition to matters of fact. John's record of his memories of Jesus has been called, "the intimate gospel." This sermon series will consider portraits of Jesus, painted by 'one whom Jesus loved,' that are found in the first nine chapters of the Gospel of John.