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Sermon #5423

Do You Want To Be Healed?

A Sermon on John 5:6-9


John 5:6-9 ESV KJV
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and …

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Sermon Description

Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, Jesus preached and taught the gospel. He exposed sin and the need for forgiveness that only He could provide through His death, burial, and resurrection. In this sermon “Do You Want to be Healed?” from John 5:6–9, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones focuses on Jesus illustrating His gospel message through the healing at Bethesda. He begins with the question, “Why did the Lord work miracles and why were they recorded?” The answer is two-fold. The miracles of Jesus were signs that powerfully revealed His identity as God. But second, the miracles were a powerful picture to illustrate the gospel. This healing at Bethesda reveals the nature of sin. The man, crippled and unable to get to the water, demonstrates the hopeless and helpless nature of the sinner and the dark disease of sin. The man had no ability to heal himself or get to the possible remedy. Only Jesus could provide healing both physically and spiritually. Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows that through the picture of this healing, one gains understanding of the gospel and the forgiveness of sin that will make them spiritually whole once again.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon is based on John 5:6-9 which describes Jesus healing a lame man by the pool of Bethesda.
  2. The man had been ill for 38 years due to his sin. Sin leads to misery, helplessness and hopelessness.
  3. Jesus came uninvited and saw the man's condition. He knew the man's troubles were due to sin but still came to heal him out of mercy and compassion.
  4. Jesus did not use the pool to heal the man. His salvation is different from the world's methods. It does not depend on human means but on His power alone.
  5. Jesus' salvation is found in Him. He obeyed God's law, bore our sins and conquered death. We can receive forgiveness, new life and reconciliation to God as a free gift through faith in Him.
  6. We can receive this salvation immediately by believing in Jesus. There is no need to wait or become better first. He creates the desire for salvation in us.
  7. We must believe in Jesus, trust in Him and obey Him to experience this salvation. Otherwise, something worse (hell) may come upon us.

The Book of John

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.