Chestnut Ridge Church
Seven - Part 3
One of Jesus’ closest friends, John, witnessed Jesus perform dozens, if not hundreds, of miracles. When he penned the Gospel of John, he only chose seven of them to highlight who Jesus was (and is!) and the difference he can make in our lives. Join us for this new series as we focus on how amazing Jesus is, and consider what he is capable of in our lives.
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Seven - Part 3 [February 25, 2018] Tim Haring

Problem: We look for healing in the wrong places

Solution: Our faith is only as good as the thing in which it is placed




Our faith is only as good as the thing in which it is placed.
The spurious (fake) passage (the one in brackets) reflects only a popular notion of the time. The fresh water, bubbling up periodically, may have had some medicinal qualities. These were exaggerated as being curative for all kinds of ailments. Popular superstition did the rest.[1]

– Lenski.


[1] Lenski, R. C. H. (1961). The interpretation of St. John’s gospel (p. 362). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House.
“Most likely official Judaism did not approve of the superstition associated with the alleged healing powers of the pool of Bethesda.”

– Holman Christian Standard Bible
Our faith is only as good as the thing in which it is placed
The Jews’ rigid tradition (not the Old Testament) taught that if anyone carried anything from a public place to a private place on the Sabbath intentionally, he deserved death by stoning. In this case the man who was healed was in danger of losing his life.[1]

– E.A. Blum


[1] Blum, E. A. (1985). John. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 289). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Jesus makes the audacious claim that He is the Son of God working in conjunction with the Father.

– Bible.Org
Our faith is only as good as the thing in which it is placed
I believe this man’s predicament demonstrates the poverty of the Law, which was never intended to heal us of our infirmities (physical and spiritual) but to show us our need for a Savior. It demonstrates that we’re hopeless and helpless without Him.

– Jack Kelley, Grace Through Faith

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