Jesus Heals a Man at Bethzatha: The Third Sign

Tomorrow morning (Sunday, February 5) we will discuss the third of Jesus’ “signs” in the Gospel of John. In John 5:1-15 Jesus heals a man  on the Sabbath who has been ill for thirty eight years. After the healing, Jesus charges the man, “Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.”

The healing sets up a conflict between Jesus and an amorphous group called simply “the Jews”.

We will examine the theological assumptions behind this story as well as the continued problem posed by references to “the Jews” in John’s Gospel.

If time remains after we discuss this passage, we will move on to John 6:1-14.

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