John 5:14-27

Henry Mahan

After our Lord had healed the man at the pool of Bethesda, there being a great crowd there, He conveyed Himself away. The man did not know Who He was nor could he find Him to show others who had healed him.

(Vs. 14) Afterwards the Lord found him in the temple and told him to "sin no more," or to walk in righteousness, faith, and the light of Christ which had been revealed to him, "lest a worse thing" than being crippled come upon him; that is, eternal condemnation (Heb. 10:38-39).

(Vs. 15) The man then found the Jews who had inquired of him, "Who told you to take up your bed and walk?" and told them that it was Jesus the Christ Who made him whole. There was the danger of persecution and excommunication involved here; but he not only was not ashamed of Christ, but wanted to confess Him and be identified with Him (John 9:33-38; John 16:1-4).

(Vs. 16) How this verse reveals the awful depravity of human nature, even the blindness and tradition of carnal religion! Here was a man, well-known, who had been afflicted for 38 years, who had lain helplessly by this pool until by the power of the Son of God he was made whole–strong enough to carry his bed! There was no doubt of the cure, of a wonderful miracle that they could not deny. Instead of being filled with joy, praise, and faith in the Messiah, they were filled with hatred and sought to kill Him. They used as an excuse the fact that He had violated their Sabbath laws. Their tradition was more important to them than the glory of God or the welfare of sinners.

(Vs. 17-27) Beginning at Verse 17 and continuing through Verse 27, the Lord Jesus sets forth before these Jews HIS ABSOLUTE EQUALITY AND ONENESS WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER! He gives a seven-fold proof of His deity. Evidently when the man identified Jesus Christ as the One Who had healed him and told him to take up his bed and walk, the Jews said something to Him; for Verse 17 says that HE ANSWERED THEM!

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.