Signs Two & Three

John 4:43-5:47

443After the two days he went out from there and went into Galilee. 44For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45So when he came into Galilee, the Galileans received him, having seen all the things that he did in Jerusalem at the feast, for they also went to the feast. 46Jesus came therefore again to Cana of Galilee, where he made the water into wine. There was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to him, and begged him that he would come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48Jesus therefore said to him,

JESUS

Unless you see signs and wonders, you will in no way believe.

49The nobleman said to him,

AN OFFICIAL OF CAPERNAUM

Sir, come down before my child dies.

50Jesus said to him,

JESUS

Go your way. Your son lives.

The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. 51As he was now going down, his servants met him and reported, saying

AN OFFICIAL’S SERVANTS

Your child lives!

52So he inquired of them the hour when he began to get better. They said therefore to him,

AN OFFICIAL’S SERVANTS

Yesterday at the seventh hour,* the fever left him.

53So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” He believed, as did his whole house. 54This is again the second sign that Jesus did, having come out of Judea into Galilee.
51After these things, there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now in Jerusalem by the sheep gate, there is a pool, which is called in Hebrew, “Bethesda”, having five porches. 3In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; 4for an angel went down at certain times into the pool, and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. 5A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him,

JESUS

Do you want to be made well?

7The sick man answered him,

A SICK MAN AT THE POOL

Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, another steps down before me.

8Jesus said to him,

JESUS

Arise, take up your mat, and walk.

9Immediately, the man was made well, and took up his mat and walked.
Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10So the Jews said to him who was cured,

JEWISH LEADERS

It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry the mat.

11He answered them,

A SICK MAN AT THE POOL

He who made me well, the same said to me, ‘Take up your mat, and walk.’

12Then they asked him,

JEWISH LEADERS

Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your mat, and walk’?

13But he who was healed didn’t know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a crowd being in the place.
14Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him,

JESUS

Behold, you are made well. Sin no more, so that nothing worse happens to you.

15The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he did these things on the Sabbath. 17But Jesus answered them,

JESUS

My Father is still working, so I am working, too.

18For this cause therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 19Jesus therefore answered them,

JESUS

Most certainly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise. 20For the Father has affection for the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does. He will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires. 22For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son, 23that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn’t honor the Son doesn’t honor the Father who sent him.
24Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. 25Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of God’s voice; and those who hear will live. 26For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself. 27He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man. 28Don’t marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice, 29and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. 30I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous; because I don’t seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me.
31If I testify about myself, my witness is not valid. 32It is another who testifies about me. I know that the testimony which he testifies about me is true. 33You have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34But the testimony which I receive is not from man. However, I say these things that you may be saved. 35He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John, for the works which the Father gave me to accomplish, the very works that I do, testify about me, that the Father has sent me. 37The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form. 38You don’t have his word living in you; because you don’t believe him whom he sent.
39You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me. 40Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life. 41I don’t receive glory from men. 42But I know you, that you don’t have God’s love in yourselves. 43I have come in my Father’s name, and you don’t receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44How can you believe, who receive glory from one another, and you don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God?
45Don’t think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you, even Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. 47But if you don’t believe his writings, how will you believe my words?

*John 4:52 1:00 P. M.

LEARNING FROM THE PAST

  • With which character do you most identify in this portion of Scripture? Why?
  • What strengths and/or weaknesses do you see in this character in this portion of Scripture?
  • What do you think God was wanting accomplish through the life of your selected character?
  • What do you think God is wanting to accomplish through your life? How can you cooperate with his kind purposes in your life?
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