PASTOR WOOD’S Message notes
Message Notes: May 22, 2022
Title: “Do You Want This?”
Text: John 5:1-9
Goal: That the hearers earnestly desire a life with Jesus.
Getting Started: Goldrush—Got to want it to get it.
I. Jesus meets an invalid of 38 years sitting at the Pool of Bethesda, the House of Mercy.
A. Pool of Bethesda—Description and context.
B. A place that bubbled with hope.
1. Thought that angel brought healing in the stirred waters but only one; the first to arrive.
2. A paralyzed man at Bethesda’s pool side of 38 years was visited by Jesus.
C. Jesus comes to him with real healing.
1. “Do you want to be well?”
2. Invalid answer is not a dodge but an exclamation mark.
3. “I’ve been trying…!”
4. Looking for healing in the wrong place.
5. Remember, Jesus called Himself in John 4 –‘Living Water’.
D. “Get up take up your mat and walk.”
1. “At once” he is cured,
2. Picks up his mat and walks—leaves this life behind.
II. Do you want what God wants?
A. What God wants = 1 Timothy 2:4 tells us that “God wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.”
1. Do you want to be Confirmed?
2. Do you want to be in church? Do you want to live a holy and godly life?
3. Are you ready for the responsibility of carrying your own mat?
4. Helping others?
5. Or putting in the hard work that is part of the Christian life?
B. Ah yes, we are sinners however, often paralyzed by our sin.
1. Sin tries to kill our bold promises made in Church.
2. We are in fact dead in our sin.
3. We naturally place our hopes in the wrong places, like the pool of Bethesda.
C. Illustration: A lesson for a naïve pastor in his first year of ministry.
D. What God wants for us has to be what we want for ourselves.
1. We can refuse it but that means staying in our poverty, and in our paralysis—stuck at the pool.
2. The paralytic could have insisted that he stay and do it his way but in truth nothing would have changed.
3. To follow Jesus, we have to leave the pool–We cannot have it a sinful way and God’s way too.
III. Jesus truly wants for us to have life in full.
A. “Do you want to be well?
1. Well = poiei = alive
2. Rise = egerei = alive
3. The words lead to the same thing—a new creation, a new life.
4. It’s perhaps also a picture of Israel itself–Deut 2:14
5. Invalid represents Israel–after 38 years this invalid is not just walking but recreated.
B. A second visit with Jesus reveals who Jesus is.
1. John 5:14 “see you are well/alive again.” “So go and sin no more.”
2. A parallel to the Blind man of John 9—“I once was blind but now I see.”
3. A parallel to the woman caught in adultery in John 8. –“Go and sin no more.”
4. “You have a new life now make the most of it for the Lord who has saved you.”
5. Parallel with paralytic of Luke 5—“Rise, take your mat and go.”
6. Forgiveness is given and with it a new creation, walking with new legs, eyes that see for the first time, and freedom from adultery.
7. Each time death in the old life is replaced with a new life given in Jesus.
C. It all points to another pool of which we all know and especially think about on Confirmation Sunday; Baptism.
1. In those waters we are changed.
2. The words of our Baptisms have an immediate and lasting effect.
3. Immediately we are God’s children.
4. Immediately we are given new life.
5. Immediately we have a promise in Jesus of eternal life.
D. This gift is like gold; better than gold or silver and lasts longer.
1. Holds its value from generation to generation.
2. Baptism comes from Jesus.
3. The journey of life is to discover the riches that were given in our Baptism.
4. Confirmation is the start of this journey; only the beginning.
5. Please take the whole journey.
Jesus, the living water is better than the devil water of West Baden Springs and French Lick or Bethesda. In Jesus, Rise and Live!
Taking it Home:
1. What do you want out of life? How much of it is influenced by Your faith in Jesus?
2. What kinds of things are you most persistent about? Why? How do they benefit you spiritually?
3. What is the hardest part about practicing a Christian faith for you?
4. In what areas of your life have you experience the Lord freeing you from the paralysis of your sin?
Consider Reading Psalm 32
PRINTABLE PDF: MNMay22.PDF
Dear Grace Congregation
I am very humbled and grateful to have been in the Lord’s service for 25 years. I am grateful to have served here at Grace for twenty of those years. Thanks to all of you for making our family a part of Grace’s family these twenty years. Thank you for the kindness, the fun, and the joy of last Sunday’s celebration. Thank you for the great meal and fellowship. Thanks to the youth for remembering Michigan Jones so fondly. Thank you for your cards and gifts and for the many expressions of love. Thank you for putting up with all my VBS ideas and hanging in there with me each year. Thank you for your patience when I am a little slow or dull. Thank you for including us in your own milestones. Thank you for allowing me to continue to work side by side with you in this ministry. The family of Grace has been very consistent in its support of its staff and is a big reason I remain here as pastor. We love this congregation and look forward to many more years together with you.
Love in Christ
Pastor Matthew Woods (PW)