Apr 16, 2017
Have you ever done something good and yet your deeds were misunderstood and instead of becoming the hero, you become the villain. This is what happened to Jesus. Instead of being hailed as a hero, He became persecuted as a villain.
As we go through the story, we will see that wrong perceptions because of wrong beliefs can create a conflict between man and God, ultimately causing the condemnation and damnation of man’s soul. The Jews had misunderstood the Sabbath and the Lord of the Sabbath Himself.
The lesson here is that it is only in a proper understanding of God and His word that any issue or conflict could be resolved. It is however important to note that it is the “fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom.”
The ones whose hearts are right will understand, but the ones whose hearts are stubborn and hardened will not understand.
(a) What was the occasion for the conflict? (verses 1-5)
(b) What was it that offended the Jews? John 5:10-13
The truth is what truly sets us free, but willful ignorance is what will destroy and damn us. Wrong beliefs lead to wrong conclusions and wrong conclusions lead to wrong decisions and wrong responses. Such was the problem with the Jews.
If our lives will be made right, we have to get it right! But to get it right, it is important to know that Jesus will reveal Himself to those whose hearts seek Him, just like this desperate paralytic, but He will Himself from those who harden their hearts like these Jews who saw Jesus as a “Villain” instead of “Hero”!