Jesus Challenges the Status Quo

Jesus Challenges the Status Quo

John 5:18-47

 
 

The religious people were having a problem. Here is this new upstart: working on the Sabbath, telling the Sabbath Police their law keeping was wrong, and now He is telling everyone He is God. He’s got to go.

 
 

Jesus was a political problem for the Pharisees because He made them look bad. Pharisees were the elite of the religious world and Jesus dared to usurp their authority and replace it with His own. He not only refused to play by their rules, but He claimed to represent God Himself, not as a prophet, but as a Son, an equal. The Pharisees were so displeased they wanted Him gone. He represented a holiness they were not ready to seek.

 
 

They ignored the points Jesus had made to them. However, had they listened, they would have learned they didn’t have to be the religious police. God had it covered. They could forget about themselves, and in doing so, be great for God. All their efforts were worthless; but if they were attuned to God’s voice and program, they would have done great things.

 
 

Jesus told them what He was doing. He said that He was not representing Himself, but rather the Father. Jesus lived for the Father’s Will. He was not interested in making a name for Himself here, because life in an Earthly Kingdom is not reality. There was another Kingdom, right before their eyes that were missing completely. If they listened to Jesus instead of trying to trip Him up within their own laws, they would have learned something; but they didn’t.

 
 

Also, Jesus came to give them a life that never ends. Being preoccupied with controlling what little time they thought they had; they failed to see there were no limits on their lives. Their power struggles were self-defeating. All they had to do was open their eyes, hearts, and minds and they would have been set free from a self-imposed prison. While trying to trap Jesus, they did not acknowledge their own entrapment.

 
 

Their constant near sightedness left them senseless. They looked for God in the minutiae of the Bible and their religious practice, when God was right before their eyes in the presence of His people and His creation.

As we said before, they totally missed the point.

 
 

How are you doing? As you read this Scripture, compare it to your life. Does your life say that God is the leader? or are you? Do you reflect the will of the Father or self-will? Do you look like Jesus or the Pharisees?

See Ya Next Time

 
 

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions:

Read John 5:19-47

 
 

1. What kind of a word do the words of Jesus describe?

2. How is this different than the world we see today?

3. Are the Pharisees really any different than we are?

4. Why or Why not?

5. Who or what represents the Pharisees in our church today?

6. How do they people get in the way of mission?

7. Are you one of these?

8. How can you change your behavior to be more like the servant God expects?

9. How would Jesus critique your ministry?

10. Ask God to change your heart and mind, and behavior today.

 

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:

Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 
 

 
 

 
 

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