I could title this study something like, “Who’s the Boss?” for, fundamentally, that is what the religious leaders were asking. Jesus’ non-answer gave the answer: Jesus is. Christians need to remember this. Non-Christians need to know this. Everyone needs to submit to this. Jesus is
In the healing of the man at the pool, Jesus clearly displayed his deity. At this time of the year, it is important for us to remember that Jesus was both fully God and fully man, a truth that this text highlights.
When I was a young pastor, I assumed that the Gospels were the easiest places to preach from. How wrong I was! The Gospels can present quite a challenge, and the text before us is one such example. I have found this to one of
The apostle Paul tells us that we should learn from the bad example of Israel (1 Corinthians 10:1–12). We should be sobered in the light of Israel’s unfaithfulness and her subsequent judgement at the hands of God. The church, as the steward of God’s gospel,