To Know Christ
A Sermon on John 5:10
So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” (ESV)
Unbelievers are blinded to the truth by their own prejudices. Jesus had just performed a supernatural miracle healing the man by the pool of Bethesda. How would the Pharisees respond? In this message on John 5:10, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches that the Pharisees were blinded to the truth by the prejudices that governed their hearts. Confronted with this powerful miracle, the Pharisees were forced to deal with Jesus. They were confronted by the facts of this miracle and ultimately his divine nature. The Old Testament had prophesied of the Jesus of Nazareth and the facts surrounding Jesus clearly fulfilled those prophecies. However, instead of embracing and believing the facts, and Jesus Himself, they held onto their prejudices. Blinded by the Law, they deny Jesus identity because he healed on the Sabbath. He had worked on the Sabbath and caused the man to work by carrying his pallet. Certainly, no Messiah would break their law. Their reaction provides a stark contrast, a backdrop for true belief. While the miracle pictured spiritual healing in the gospel, soon to be embraced by the man, the Pharisees could not believe, blinded and enslaved by prejudice. To truly know Christ, the prejudice must be removed.