“The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. And
this was why the Jews ‘were persecuting Jesus’, because he was doing these things on
the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them. ‘My Father is working until now, and I am
working.’ This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not
only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father,
making himself equal to God.” John 5:15-18
Ok, I admit it. Sometimes I don’t see things right in front of me. I have searched for a
pair of shoes and found them on the shoe rack in my closet. I’ve looked for my glasses
and they’ve been perched right on top of my head. And embarrassingly, I have looked
for my phone while talking ON my phone! Maybe you can’t relate to my not seeing, but
the Pharisees certainly could. Jesus, the fulfillment of years of prophecy and studying
was standing right before them, and they didn’t SEE him. All that they knew and had
spent a lifetime studying was pointing to the God in flesh standing before them, and
they COULD not and WOULD not see Him. We marvel at the blindness of the
Pharisees, and yet some of us have the same problem.
John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we have seen his
glory, glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Here in Chapter 5
we see grace and truth were standing right in front of these men; had been demonstrated
right before them, and they still couldn’t SEE Him!
The Gospel Transformation Bible explains, “The further we move into John’s gospel, the
wider John draws open the curtains on Jesus’ identity and mission. His miracles grow
bigger, and his words grow bolder – all revealing Jesus to be the Messiah, the Son of God even
God the Son.”
In the fifth chapter in the book of John, Jesus heals a man who’d been an invalid for 38
years! This man was sitting on the side of a pool named Bethsaida, which in the Greek
means mercy. Jesus, full of grace and mercy heals him with a word. He’s been sitting
by this pool waiting for a miracle. And of course, they all knew him as an invalid. For
thirty-eight years he could not walk, and in a moment his life totally changes. He is no
longer that invalid but can walk!! And in response the only thing the Pharisees can see
is Jesus breaking a law.
In John 5:39 Jesus rebukes them saying, “You search the Scriptures because you believe
they give you eternal life. But the scriptures point to me!”. (NLT) We read our Bibles to
the glory of God when “we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are
being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” 2
Corinthians 3:18. When we open God’s word we gaze into the face of Jesus and, like the
man healed beside the pool called mercy, He transforms us. “We get the growth, and He
gets the glory.” -Joshua Bremerman.
We read the Bible to the glory of God when we find Jesus in it! And HE is in every word!
Jesus shows up in the big events in our lives and the smaller, seemingly mundane ones.
I don’t want to miss His glory because I’m distracted, focused on my own needs or
wants, focused on what I think He needs to do or blinded by some sin! Pray today that
you would be filled with the Holy Spirit that you might know His voice; that you may
desire and see Him in the big and the small in your life. Pray that you might have a
hunger and thirst for His word and His mercy-filled presence! Pray that as you read His
word you might see Grace and Truth right before your eyes! We get the growth, he gets