There was a sick man at pool of Bethesda who had been ill for 38 years! He can’t get to the pool to be healed so Jesus sees him and comes to him then asks him a question, “Would you like to get well?” (vs. 5) Then he tells him to stand up, pick up his mat and walk.
Sometimes prayers are answered quickly, other times miracles take years. But, help is on the way.
He then instructs him, “Now you are well so stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you.” (vs. 14)
When we truly understand what Jesus has done for us we want to honor Him with the life we’ve been given. We are not perfect, but we are focused on following His will and His ways.
It was the Sabbath and the leaders were trying to catch him in sin saying that carrying a mat on the Sabbath was work. Then the Jewish leaders began to harass Jesus.
Spiritual warfare surrounded Jesus. Have you noticed that in your reading? Have you experienced this in your own life? He overcomes it by pointing back to the Father and His word.
“My Father and I are always working.” Jesus said. “The Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the son also does.” (vs. 19-21)
This portion reminds me of the song “Waymaker.” Even when I can’t see it you’re working. You never stop, you never stop working.”
Just as the Father gives life to those He raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone He wants.
“The Father judges no one—instead he has given the son absolute authority to judge so that everyone will honor the Son just as they honor the Father.” (vs. 22-23)
In previous verses Jesus has pointed to the truth that He has the qualities of God, works (5:19), love (5:20), power over life and death (5:21), and later equal in honor to God (5:23). Here Jesus claims power over judgement, the right to judge has been given to Him. This points to Revelation 20:11-15 where Jesus judges all of mankind.
Will Christians be judged by Jesus? Here’s a great article explaining this: article
Have a wonderful day in the Lord!