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A Gathering Storm

Updated: Feb 26, 2019



John 5:10-47


Last week we talked about how Jesus can make us whole. We looked at a man who had some sort of affliction for 38 years. In a moment Jesus made him whole.


Today, we're going to look at how you maintain a healthy faith. How do you live out the new life that Jesus Christ wants to give you?


As we saw last week, a man who had been sick for 38 years gathered, like so many other sick people, at a pool alleged to have healing powers. Jesus healed him. Now, here's where opposition to Jesus began to gather strength. The Pharisees said to the man, "It's the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed." Instead of rejoicing with him, they remind him he's breaking one of their laws. Not God's law. But one of their laws. The Pharisees loved telling people there were doing something wrong.


Do you know anybody like that? Do you know people who love to tell you when, according to them, you're doing something wrong? That's legalism. Legalists are "gotcha" Christians. It's such a childish game. It's like when my youngest granddaughter was in pre-school. Evidently, one little kid was turning them all into langu