Year of the Bible – John 5:1-10:42

YOTB - John 5



The wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. – John 10:12b

John 5:1-10:42 (10:22-30)

Jesus healed a man by the pool of Bethesda. When He broke the laws of nature and spoke the healing Word, the paralyzed man believed Him and obtained the promise of His Word. This miracle was done on the Sabbath. The observance of the Sabbath was prescribed by the Law. But when Jesus healed, He showed not only that He was the One who gave the Law, but as He brought the lame man beyond the law of nature, so Jesus also had the power to bring us beyond the commands and demands and condemnations of the Law.

To encourage our hearts to believe in His power over Law and in the power of the Law over us to condemn us, Jesus said: I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life (5:24) Once again, to prove His power over Law, Jesus broke through the laws of nature and fed five thousand people. He then called Himself the bread of life. The point: Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. (6:27) So with mouths of faith, we eat (trust and believe) these words: For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. (6:40) It was and is faith in God’s Word that makes a person a child of God. Jesus demonstrated that when He forgave a sinful woman (John 8) and when He healed a man that had been born blind.

To shape all this into an easy picture that we can understand, Jesus tells us that we are like sheep cared for by a good and gracious Shepherd. To demonstrate His love for the sheep, Jesus predicted that He was about to lay down His life for them. From all over the world men would listen to the voice of this Shepherd and rest in the peace of knowing that nothing in all the world—not even beyond this world—would ever take His sheep away from Him.

Questions – John 5 – 10
  1. In what way did Jesus offend the Pharisees?
  2. What was Jesus proving by eliminating the effects of sickness?
  3. In what way can we say that sin operates in us like paralysis?
  4. What does it mean symbolically when we “eat” with “faith?”
  5. What are we supposed to eat?
  6. What proof does Jesus, our good Shepherd, give to us of His love for us?
  7. What promises are the sheep supposed to believe from the Shepherd?
© John W. Fiene | Artwork by Brian McFarland